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Audit Audit of the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office

Audit calls for an improved process to evaluate the effectiveness of its Juvenile Diversion Program. The audit examines the period of July 1, 2016, through December 31, 2017.

Organization: Office of the State Auditor
Date published: September 13, 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 Hampden County District Attorney’s Office (HCDA) for the period July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.

In this performance audit, we examined HCDA’s activities related to the administration of its Juvenile Diversion Program and Victim Witness Assistance Program. Unlike the Victim Witness Assistance Program, HCDA’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 its stated goals, national best practices, and general government operating standards.

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

Finding 1

HCDA has not established a process to assess the effectiveness of its Juvenile Diversion Program.

Recommendations

  1. HCDA should identify the relevant information that could be used to assess the effectiveness of its Juvenile Diversion Program, establish a formal process to collect and evaluate this information, and use it to make any necessary program enhancements.
  2. HCDA should identify existing resources that could be allocated to these activities and/or, if necessary, request additional funding from the Legislature for this purpose.

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

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