Respondent Information

1. What is your current position in the District Attorney’s Office?

2. How long have you worked in this position? _____years

3. In the past six months, have you been assigned to ECAB (excluding supervisor shifts)?

Section I: Contact with CSU

In answering Questions 4 through 16, only consider the past 6 months.

4. Has CSU contacted you without you contacting them first? Yes, No [If no, skip to Question 8]

5. Approximately how many cases or investigations has CSU contacted you regarding?
1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21 or more

6. How frequently did CSU use the following methods to contact you?
Phone: 1- never; 2 – rarely; 3 – occasionally; 4-frequently; 5-very frequently
Email: 1- never; 2 – rarely; 3 – occasionally; 4-frequently; 5-very frequently
Other (please describe): 1- never; 2 – rarely; 3 – occasionally; 4-frequently; 5-very frequently

7. When was CSU most likely to contact you?
____ Pre-arrest/investigation phase
____ ECAB
____ Misdemeanors – post criminal court arraignment
____ Felonies – post-criminal court arraignment, pre-Grand Jury presentation
____ Felonies – post-Grand Jury, pre-Supreme Court arraignment
____ Felonies – post-Supreme Court arraignment (through trial or plea)

8. Have you contacted CSU, either directly or via a DANY 311 request, without CSU first making the initial contact? Yes, No (If no skip to question 17)

9. On approximately how many cases or investigations have you contacted CSU (including via a DANY 311 request) about?
1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21 or more

10. Please indicate your primary reason(s) for contacting CSU.
____ To check for video camera locations
____ To obtain general background or intel on a particular person
____ To obtain general intel on a particular gang or geographic area
____ To get help reaching out to a member of the police department
____ To search for additional contact information for a witness
____ To learn whether a particular person is active on social media
____ To set up an arrest alert
____ To expedite a subpoena process
____ Other (write in) _____________________________________

11. On a scale of 1 to 5, how frequently did you use the following methods to contact CSU?
1- Never, 2- rarely, 3 –occasionally, 4 – frequently, 5-very
____ Phone
____ DANY 311
____ Email
____ Other (please describe) _____________________________________

12. At what point(s) during a case or investigation were you most likely to initiate contact with CSU (including DANY 311 requests)?
____ Pre-arrest/investigation phase
____ ECAB
____ Misdemeanors – post criminal court arraignment
____ Felonies – post-criminal court arraignment, pre-Grand Jury presentation
____ Felonies – post-Grand Jury, pre-Supreme Court arraignment
____ Felonies – post-Supreme Court arraignment (through trial or plea)

13. On what types of cases or investigations did you reach out to CSU or DANY 311? Select all that apply.
____ Violent felonies
____ Non-drug non-violent felonies
____ Drug felonies
____ Domestic violence felonies
____ Non- Domestic violence non-drug misdemeanors
____ Domestic violence misdemeanors
____ Drug misdemeanors

14. How frequently did you use the following resources or links provided on the CSU SharePoint website?
1- Never, 2- rarely, 3 –occasionally, 4 – frequently, 5-very frequently
____ DANY 311
____ Glossary of street slang
____ DANY InPho (Inmate call summary form)
____ Homicides/shootings by precinct
____ Precinct information
____ NYCHA map
____ Photosheets
____ SCIM
____ Gangs/crews
____ Bureau based projects
____ Violent crime statistics
____ I was unaware of the CSU SharePoint website’s existence
____ I am aware of the CSU SharePoint website, but I have not used it in the past six months.

15. At what stage of a case or investigation were you most likely to seek out the information provided on the CSU SharePoint website? Please rank from 1 to 6. (Skip to Question 16 if you have not used the CSU SharePoint website in the past six months.)
____ Pre-arrest/investigation phase
____ ECAB
____ Misdemeanors – post criminal court arraignment
____ Felonies – post-criminal court arraignment, pre-Grand Jury presentation
____ Felonies – post-Grand Jury, pre-Supreme Court arraignment
____ Felonies – post-Supreme Court arraignment (through trial or plea)

16. What type(s) of information were you provided by CSU or DANY 311 that was not apparent from the defendant’s RAP sheet? Select all that apply.
____ Defendant/witness gang affiliation
____ Defendant as a suspect in unsolved crimes
____ Defendant victimization information
____ Defendant or witness nickname or other personal information
____ Social media information
____ Crime data
____ Geographic context
____ Priority recidivist for DANY or NYPD
____ Other (please describe) _____________________________________

In answering Questions 17 through 20, only consider cases or investigations where you received information from CSU or DANY 311 within the past six months:

17. How frequently did information provided by CSU impact your case or investigation at any point?
1- never, 2 – rarely, 3 – occasionally, 4-frequently, 5-very frequently

18. How frequently did the information provided by CSU or DANY 311 impact your decisions or recommendations to the court during the following stages of your case or investigation?
1- never, 2 – rarely, 3 – occasionally, 4-frequently, 5-very frequently
____ Investigation
____ Charging
____ Bail Recommendation (including specific bail amount)
____ Plea Offer or Sentencing Recommendation

19. On average, how much did the information you received from CSU or DANY 311 affect the amount of bail you requested?
1—did not affect, 2—slightly affected, 3— moderately affected, 4—strongly affected

20. On average, how much did the information you received from CSU or DANY 311 affect your plea offers or sentencing recommendations?
1—did not affect, 2—slightly affected, 3— moderately affected, 4—strongly affected

Section II: Your Use of the Arrest Alert System

In answering Questions 21 through 33, only consider the past 6 months.

21. Approximately how many arrest alerts do you have (excluding automatically generated open case arrest alerts)?
0, 1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41 or more

22. How many of those arrest alerts have been added (by you or someone else) in the past six months (excluding automatically generated open case arrest alerts)?
0, 1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41 or more

23. How many of those added arrest alerts are for witnesses or victims?
0, 1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41 or more

24. How many of those added arrest alerts do not include witnesses or victims?
0, 1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41 or more

25. Have you received an arrest alert notification in the past six months?

26. Have you received an arrest alert notification for a witness or a victim in the past six months?

27. Please rank your primary reasons for creating an arrest alert for a witness or a victim.
____ Giglio reasons (i.e. to ensure that you are informed if a witness or a victim with a prior criminal history is re-arrested.)
____ To attempt to locate a missing witness or victim and/or to produce a witness or a victim for a court appearance
____ Other (write in) _____________________________________

28. Has another ADA reached out to you regarding an arrest alert that you created?

29. When you are drafting a felony case in ECAB, do you routinely check to see whether an arrest alert for that defendant exists?

30. When you are drafting a misdemeanor in ECAB, do you routinely check to see whether an arrest alert for that defendant exists?

31. While in ECAB, approximately how many times has someone reached out to you regarding an existing arrest alert before or while you are drafting the case associated with that alert?
0,1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41 or more

32. How many times have you found the information contained in an arrest alert useful while you were drafting a case in ECAB?
0, 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21 or more

33. Approximately how many times has the arrest alert system caused you to take an investigative step that you would not have otherwise taken? (i.e. reach out to a police officer, reach out to another ADA, reach out to a defense attorney, attempt to take a statement or debrief the defendant)
0, 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21 or more

Section III: Suggestions

34. Do you have any suggestions about how the office’s intelligence-driven prosecution model, CSU, or the arrest alert system can be of additional value?


Thank you for your cooperation!