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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

DA's Office rewards young artists for anti-teen dating violence posters
SAN JOSE -- The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office rewarded three teen artists Thursday for their posters depicting "Teen Dating Violence," in an effort to make high school students aware of the problem.  Although the district attorney's office has no official measurements of dating violence in Santa Clara County, Assistant District Attorney James Gibbons-Shapiro calls it an underreported" crime. There are about 4,000 cases of domestic violence in the county each year and "thousands more" aren't reported.  In anticipation of an October campaign against teen dating violence, as part of "Domestic Violence Awareness Month," thedistrict attorney's office invited students from all county high schools to submit posters with this theme to raise awareness about this lesser known form of domestic violence.
San Jose Mercury News"

Helping hand vs. handcuffs: How the 2 sides of Chattanooga's VRI are playing out
The carrot part of the city's violence reduction initiative appears to be working.  In the five months since the initiative began, 58 of Chattanooga's most violent offenders have landed jobs, with the city's help, and 42 have held onto those jobs, officials say.  But the stick has come out, too.  The VRI program offers Chattanooga's most violent a choice: stop shooting people and get help, or keep shooting people and watch the police crack down not only on you, but everyone else in your gang or group.  So far, police have cracked down twice in the wake of violence.

Missouri gun rights amendment worries some police, prosecutors
Missourians on Aug. 5 will vote on whether the state should enshrine in its constitution broader gun rights in a controversial measure that has drawn the ire of police and prosecutors from across the state.  Amendment 5 would expand Missouri’s gun rights to include an unalienable right to ammunition and accessories as well as subject any further restrictions to “strict scrutiny,” and it also will erase language that “this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.”  State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said he and a colleague introduced the resolution this year to bring the state constitution in line with the U.S. Constitution after two Supreme Court decisions that upheld gun rights in the last few years.
Columbia Daily Tribune

 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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