Suggestion 7

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
7

Community action organizations can conduct a "Court Watch" program.

A "Court Watch" program has the two-fold purpose of informing citizens about the court disposition of significant obscenity cases and expressing the citizen's view about the handling of these types of cases. Citizens involved in a "Court Watch" program will often sit through a court hearing or trial. They will write to the prosecutor, judge, or police officer and relay their opinions of the investigation, prosecution and disposition of the case. "Court Watch" participants will also relay their findings to other interested parties, the media and legislators. In addition, these individuals will often publicly disseminate the information they have gathered when officials come up for re-appointment or re-election.

"Court Watch" programs have been conducted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for the past several years. Through their efforts, MADD has not only increased community awareness about drunk driving but has also been successful in influencing legislators and the law enforcement community. As a result, penalties for drunk driving have been significantly increased in many states.

In sum, a "Court Watch" program will inform the judiciary and other law enforcement officials of the community's concern about obscenity in their area.