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Audit Audit of the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Audit encourages the Bristol County District Attorney's Office to identify and collect data to evaluate the success of its Juvenile Diversion Program. The audit examined the period of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Organization: Office of the State Auditor
Date published: October 1, 2018

Executive Summary

In accordance with Section 12 of Chapter 11 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Office of the State Auditor has conducted a performance audit of the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office (BCDA) for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

In this performance audit, we examined BCDA’s activities related to the administration of its Juvenile Diversion and Victim Witness Assistance Programs. BCDA’s Juvenile Diversion Program is discretionary, is not governed by statute, and does not receive separate funding. Therefore, our assessment of this program was based on contract-specific requirements, national best practices, and general government operating standards.

Below is a summary of our finding and recommendation, with links to each page listed.

Finding 1

BCDA has not established a process to measure the success of its Juvenile Diversion Program.

Recommendation

BCDA should identify the relevant data that could be used to assess the success of its Juvenile Diversion Program, establish a formal process to collect and evaluate this information, and use it to make any necessary program enhancements and support requests to the Legislature for program-specific funding.

During our audit, BCDA imposed significant constraints on the audit process because the office was concerned about the confidentiality of information related to participants in its Juvenile Diversion and Victim Witness Assistance Programs. These constraints significantly delayed the completion of the audit.

A PDF copy of the audit of the Bristol County District Attorney's Office is available here.

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