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Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney Announces Move to “Vertical Prosecution Model”

Parisa Dehghani-Tafti: This is "not just administrative inside baseball: it’s a key component of delivering both public safety and fair and equitable outcomes"

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See below for a press release from the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and Falls Church, which calls it “exciting news of our office’s restructuring in furtherance of its mission to ensure both public safety and justice…the implementation of the vertical prosecution model at the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.” According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Dehghani-Tafti:

“The change has been monumental – like turning a battleship on a dime. The commitment of our extraordinary staff, the help of the county’s Department of Technology Services, and the collaboration with stakeholders to the transition to Vertical Prosecution has been instrumental to its early success. Even in its early days and during a pandemic we have been able to work quickly with victims to resolve cases, to ensure that our work is efficient, and to view our policies and practices through an equity impact. The vertical model is not just administrative inside baseball: it’s a key component of delivering both public safety and fair and equitable outcomes.”