SANTA CLARA (KCBS) — The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office is adding 15 new prosecutors, set to start their jobs on March 5th.

District Attorney Jeff Rosen said his office is referring to it as the “cavalry coming” and added that not having to deal with budget cuts is a real time saver.

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“We’ve had 10 years of budget cuts in our county and the size of our department has shrank by about 15 to 20 percent over that time,” he said.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

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The prosecutors will be split into teams, one that deals with gangs and the other with sexual assaults and domestic violence cases.

Rosen said the additions will go a long way to easing the workload that many current prosecutors are under and that right now, they tend to handle anywhere from 15 to 100 cases at a time.

“That’s a lot of cases for one person to handle,” noting that his prosecutors are smart and hard working but, “there are limits to what human beings, even deputy district attorneys can do,” he said.

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