Prosecutor Transparency Project

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to building a data-informed prosecutor’s office that prioritizes equity, fairness, and harm reduction. Towards that end, the Prosecutor’s Office is partnering with independent  researchers on two separate—but related—projects: (1) a robust study into racial disparities in Washtenaw County’s legal system, and (2) the identification, and publication, of performance and equity-based metrics. 

The “Prosecutor Transparency Project” is the first partnership of its kind in the State of Michigan. It is geared towards taking an unflinching look at potential racial inequities in the Prosecutor’s Office—and taking action to eliminate inequitable treatment. 

Thanks to generous grants from the University of Michigan, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, and the Vital Projects Fund, no taxpayer funds will be expended on the Project. Work on the Prosecutor Transparency Project commenced in January, 2021. 

Read the Prosecutor Transparency Project's Racial Disparities Report

The Prosecutor Transparency Project has released findings from a multi-year analysis of racial disparities in Washtenaw County’s prosecutorial system. Explore the interactive digital report, or read the full 116-page paper.

Read the Press Release Announcing the Prosecutor Transparency Project

Read the "Prosecutor Transparency Project" Preliminary Scope of Work and Workflow