A new partnership between the district attorney's office and law enforcement is helping keep suspected offenders in jail before trial. In October, the DA's office designated one prosecutor to be at each suspect's first appearance. That prosecutor works in direct contact with detectives. The need for this program was brought on by an overcrowded system. Too often small details of a case slip through the cracks, the DA's office does not know about them and a suspected criminal can bond out only to repeat offend. Ben David, New Hanover County District Attorney said, “Cases like drug offenses or breaking and entering, that don't typically get the higher bonds as violent crimes, if they pose a real risk to the community, we're going after them.” David said it's one of the most effective programs and partnerships that have been created in the past several years.
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