District Attorney Michael Hestrin’s top priority is effective public safety for the people that live in and visit Riverside County. The DA recognizes that to successfully achieve this goal, traditional crime suppression methods must be bolstered by effective and meaningful prevention and intervention strategies.
Therefore, for the first time in the history of the DA’s Office, Hestrin has created the Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) when he became the District Attorney of Riverside County in 2015. CPU currently consists of 11 attorneys that work full time to significantly and positively impact the lives of at-risk youth, to enhance public safety, and to prevent youth from becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
The creation of this unit by the DA is cutting edge and visionary. As far as we know, until recently, it was the only unit of its kind within a prosecutorial agency, anywhere in the nation. Due to the great success of this unit, another prosecuting agency studied our Crime Prevention Unit and replicated it in 2018. Thus, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has paved a unique way for other prosecutorial agencies to be engaged in juvenile crime prevention and intervention and significant criminal justice reform.
Provides parent training and drug and gang awareness presentations to youth, parents, and community organizations to help steer youth away from gangs, drugs, and delinquency
Combats truancy and chronic absenteeism in collaboration with our local school districts through an extensive process of accountability along with school and community support for families struggling with their child’s attendance issues
Youth receive criminal justice system, courtroom advocacy, and leadership training as well as hands-on training and experience in various forensic skills such as fingerprinting and crime scene investigation
The Youth Accountability Team (YAT) program, spearheaded by the Probation Department, is a multi-agency collaboration between different arms of law enforcement and mental health providers designed to assist youth at risk of entering the criminal justice system.
Throughout the county, CPU provides presentations that directly impact youth safety and that cover a vast array of critical topics such
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Girls Empowering Minds (GEM) is an empowerment forum for young women operated in our local communities. Each GEM session features a female guest speaker sharing their powerful story of perseverance and courage.
Women Read and Parlance (WRAP) is a
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