Success in prosecution cannot be measured simply by conviction rates. Performance measures must be representative of the duty of the prosecutor to see that justice is done. Performance measures serve several important functions for prosecutors:
- Performance measures give prosecutors evidence to support and justify their funding requests.
- Performance measures can correct mistaken public perceptions or refute inaccurate information provided to the public.
- Performance measures can help with overall office management and the efficient administration of justice.
The American Prosecutors Research Institute has developed a new framework for prosecution goals, objectives and performance measures predicated on the following: