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9th National Prosecution Summit: Innovative Prosecution and Community Safety
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), will host the 9th National Prosecution Summit: Innovative Prosecution and Community Safety from September 22-24, 2014 in Dallas, TX. The summit and lodging will take place at the Adolphus Hotel.  **Please click here to register.**

To view the draft agenda click here.  Further details regarding the summit agenda will follow. 

Seats are limited. Click here to reserve your hotel room today.

High Performance Prosecution Mentoring Sites
APA and the U.S. DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance are seeking applications for High Performance Prosecution Mentoring Sites. Selected jurisdictions will serve as mentoring sites to other offices across the nation interested in embracing data-driven problem-solving strategies or innovative prosecutorial practices. APA, in consultation with the U.S. DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Court Innovation, will be selecting up to ten HPP mentor sites. Apply for HPP Mentor Site status here

For a full description of mentoring site benefits and responsibilities click here. To download a hard copy of the application to be used in preparation of applying please click here.

 Current News

New courthouse dog providing support for Montgomery victims
MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - A new staff member in the criminal justice system in Montgomery County is proving to be a huge asset in investigations and in the courtroom, helping victims open up about what happened to them.   Her name is Willow and her is a two-year-old Labrador/Retriever mix. She was bred and raised by Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that trains and provides assistance dogs. Her skills and disposition have made the professionally trained facility dog the perfect fit to work with victims at the One Place Family Justice Center- a victim advocacy center in Montgomery.  "There's a lot of research out there now dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and dealing with crime victims that pets and animals get them to start talking, get them to start engaging again and that's why she's such an important part of the Family Justice Center," said Steve Searcy, the center's executive director.

Prosecutor: drug trade leaves many victims behind
BLOOMINGTON — Jeff Horve has heard a lot of stories in his two decades as a prosecutor with the McLean County state's attorney's office, most of them with sad endings.  As the supervisor of the county's drug/gang unit, Horve oversees the prosecution of about 400 drug cases a year. He's also handled serious felony cases involving deaths.  The notion that drug crimes are victimless is a misconception, said the 49-year-old assistant state's attorney.  "They have to fuel their habits by selling drugs and stealing from others. It brings down an entire segment of the community," said Horve.  Of particular concern recently to Horve and local law enforcement is the spike in the amount of heroin coming into McLean County.

BRAVE unit teams up for community outreach walk
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BRAVE unit members went door-to-door on foot in North Baton Rouge Saturday morning to connect with the community.  About 20 people affiliated with the BRAVE project - made up of members of the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office - walked through neighborhoods in the 70805 zip code, introducing themselves to residents and explaining that BRAVE is much more than a traditional law enforcement task force.  They went door to door in to let people know they're there and that they care. Project leader, Sgt. Herbert Anny, said this is a valuable tool in the fight against crime and much needed because of a growing misconception.

 Technical Assistance

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys provides 24/7 technical assistance and professional case consultation to prosecutors. Please submit requests to the following email and you will be contacted within 24 hours: info@apainc.org

 About APA

APA was incorporated to act as a global forum for the exchange of ideas, allow prosecutors to collaborate with all criminal justice partners, conduct timely and effective technical assistance and provide access to technology for the enhancement of the prosecutorial function.

In addition, APA will serve as a model organization and an advocate for prosecutors on emerging issues related to the administration of justice.

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