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Audit Audit of the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office

Audit encourages the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office to establish a process to measure the success of its Diversion Program. The audit examined the period of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Organization: Office of the State Auditor
Date published: October 11, 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 Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office (PCDA) for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

In this performance audit, we examined PCDA’s activities related to the administration of its Diversion Program and Victim Assistance Program. Unlike the Victim Assistance Program, PCDA’s 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 governmental operating standards.

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

Finding 1

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

Recommendation

PCDA should consider ways to evaluate the Diversion Program data it currently collects to help identify areas where program improvements may be needed and to support requests to the Legislature for program-specific funding.

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

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

List of Abbreviations

CORI

Criminal Offender Record Information

DAMION

District Attorney Management Information Office Network

OSA

Office of the State Auditor

PCDA

Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office

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