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The workplace for prosecutors can be as varied as the type of cases assigned. Their offices are comfortable and well-lit, but prosecutors only spend a fraction of their time in the office. They often conduct research at law libraries, interview police officers and criminal investigators at police stations, meet with social workers and other specialists, and travel to the scene of an alleged crime. They also spend a great deal of time at courthouses—meeting with the defense and the judge and participating in the actual trial. They also must manage office staff, prepare budgets and reports, attend community meetings, and sit on community boards. Long, stressful workdays and heavy caseloads are common for prosecutors.

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