2011 News Archives
Department of Justice Officials Address National Symposium on Pretrial Justice
The National Symposium on Pretrial Justice was held in Washington, D.C. on May 31st and June 1st. Attendees heard opening remarks from Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson. The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys was in attendance and recognized by Ms. Robinson. Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson also addressed the Symposium on the future of the pretrial justice system during a panel discussion.
Curry Putting Focus on Community Ties with Prosecutor's Office
Trutanich Recieves Honor From National Prosecutors Association
Los Angeles - The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys has presented Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich with the Innovations in Criminal Justice Award. Trutanich received the recognition during a three-day summit hosted by the organization in Chicago, spokesman Frank Mateljan said. Steven Jansen, the association's vice president, said, "In just a short time, Mr. Trutanich has brought bold ideas and pioneering solutions to some of Los Angeles' most pressing issues." The first-term city attorney and Harbor Area resident was recognized for filing a first-of-its kind injunction against the MTA tagging crew and establishing a safety zone in Skid Row, prohibiting the criminal activity of gangs and drug dealers in downtown Los Angeles, Mateljan said. Trutanich also was credited with using civil enforcement actions, including a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank for allowing hundreds of foreclosed properties to fall into disrepair and for facilitating the illegal eviction of hundreds of low-income tenants. "There is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers, especially by an outstanding group like the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys," Trutanich said in a statement.
Summit Details Other Cities' Innovations
With the extended downturn in the economy, every part of Nashville has seen a visible increase in the homeless population. Additionally, service providers for those homeless people suffering from mental illness, long-term, late-stage alcoholism and other addictions and chronic illnesses have had their resources and capacity stretched beyond their ability to serve those in need. Deputy Chief Damian Huggins and Public Defender Dawn Deaner both made valid points. Without a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to deal with the chronically ill homeless population, the duty to minimize their harm to the quality of life in our neighborhoods is left to the police and the criminal justice system. However, as Deaner noted, the system has proven only marginally effective in lowering crime and improving quality of life. Our approach is not very efficient or effective and lacks compassion in its approach to the chronically ill and homeless. Nashville can do better. Recently, I attended an Innovations in Criminal Justice Summit sponsored by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Two of the innovations presented dealt directly with the homelessness issue in a manner that has proven more effective in reducing crime and dealing more effectively and more compassionately with its underlying causes. In these tough economic times, both programs have also been shown to reduce costs to the criminal justice and health-care systems. These projects have several common themes: broad-based collaborations of law enforcement, health providers and community and business representatives; they are focused on those people who are clearly identified as most in need; and they are data-driven, evidence-based and continually evaluate their effectiveness and outcomes. The other key, and maybe the most important, is that they all had a champion - a mayor, a district attorney, a prominent businessman, or other highly visible and credible leader with the power and influence to bring all of the stakeholders to the table.
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