Newsletter - Current Newshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current Newsen-us2014-08-01T19:22:37.1275-05:00Community Prosecutions Credited With Drops In Crimehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30048/1/2014 12:00:00 AMPlacing prosecutors in a neighborhood instead of a courtroom is a different kind of "law and order." A University of Chicago law professor says his research shows community prosecution has had an immediate and measurable impact on violent crime.<br><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/31/336765946/community-prosecutions-credited-with-drops-in-crime" target="_blank">NPR</a>Mass. Lawmakers Compromise To Strengthen Domestic Violence Lawshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30058/1/2014 12:00:00 AMBOSTON &#8212; Domestic violence legislation that creates a first offense domestic violence assault and battery charge, establishes a domestic violence offender registry, and provides education for judges and prosecutors about cycles of abuse was finalized by lawmakers late Wednesday.&nbsp; The bill, set to come up for a final vote on Thursday, also requires a six-hour &#8220;cooling off&#8221; period before anyone arrested on a domestic violence charge can be arraigned and bailed from jail, in the hopes of de-escalating a situation, or giving a victim time to seek safety.<br><a href="http://www.wbur.org/2014/07/31/domestic-violence-initiatives-bill" target="_blank">wbur.org</a>San Bernardino County DA releases second quarter gang statshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30017/31/2014 12:00:00 AMGang-related crime weighs heavy on the minds of some who live in San Bernardino County, including District Attorney Michael Ramos.&nbsp; &#8220;I have made the investigation and prosecution of criminal gang members in San Bernardino County a top priority, and I will continue to do so alongside our partners in law enforcement,&#8221; Ramos said Wednesday in a written statement.Who's watching the kids when parents get arrested?http://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30037/31/2014 12:00:00 AMWASHINGTON &#8212; The Justice Department and police officials across the nation are directing their agencies to deal with thousands of children who are left behind following the arrests of parents, from surprise raids at family homes to roadside traffic stops.&nbsp; Few law enforcement agencies have policies that specifically address the continuing care of children after such arrests, despite an estimated 1.7 million children who have at least one parent in prison, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.Phone ‘Kill-Switch’ Would Save Billions, Says DAhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30027/31/2014 12:00:00 AMSan Francisco District Attorney George Gasc&oacute;n released a statement today saying that a kill-switch for smart phones would save consumers billions of dollars by deterring the rapidly increasing theft of cell phones:&nbsp; As the epidemic of smartphone theft continues to grow, so do the profits insurance companies and carriers reap off the victimization of their own customers. The common sense theft deterrent features we have been advocating for will not only save millions of people from violent victimization, it will also save consumers billions of dollars.<br><a href="http://blog.sfgate.com/inthemission/2014/07/29/phone-kill-switch-would-save-billions-says-da/" target="_blank">sfgate.com</a>DA's office gets 1st conviction under new sex trafficking lawhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29987/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLAS VEGAS &#8211; Clark County district attorney&#8217;s office says it has secured the first jury verdict of guilty under Nevada&#8217;s new sex trafficking law.&nbsp; Edrick Dillard, 38, was found guilty Wednesday of sex trafficking, living from the earnings of a prostitute and preventing/dissuading a witness from testifying.Brooklyn prosecutors identify 14 more cases handled by disgraced former NYPD Detectivehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29997/30/2014 12:00:00 AMBrooklyn prosecutors have identified 14 additional cases handled by a now-tainted detective, expanding their unprecedented convictions review, the borough&#8217;s top lawman said Tuesday.&nbsp; The new discovery put the number of re-examined cases tied to retired detective Louis Scarcella at 71, district attorney Kenneth Thompson told the Daily News Editorial Board.Green Country district attorney to continue with large drug bustshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=30007/30/2014 12:00:00 AMOKMULGEE, Okla. &#8212; Law enforcement in Okmulgee and McIntosh Counties are cracking down on illegal drugs, and they have the number to prove it.New courthouse dog providing support for Montgomery victimshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29977/29/2014 12:00:00 AMMONTGOMERY 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.&nbsp;&nbsp; Her name is Willow and her is a two-year-old Labrador/Retriever mix.Prosecutor: drug trade leaves many victims behindhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29967/29/2014 12:00:00 AMBLOOMINGTON &#8212; 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.&nbsp; As the supervisor of the county's drug/gang unit, Horve oversees the prosecution of about 400 drug cases a year.BRAVE unit teams up for community outreach walkhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29957/28/2014 12:00:00 AMBATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - BRAVE unit members went door-to-door on foot in North Baton Rouge Saturday morning to connect with the community.&nbsp; About 20 people affiliated with the BRAVE project - made up of members of the Baton Rouge Police Department, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff&#8217;s Office and the District Attorney&#8217;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.Judge rules Washington D.C. handgun ban is unconstitutionalhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29947/28/2014 12:00:00 AMWashington D.C. residents can now legally carry handguns in the streets of the District, according to a federal judge.Orange DA promotes boost in asset forfeiturehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29937/28/2014 12:00:00 AMGOSHEN &#8212; Something you should know if you're contemplating crime in Orange County: District Attorney David Hoovler is pushing for more asset forfeiture.&nbsp; "My goal is to use forfeiture as a deterrent and as an aid to prosecution and enforcement.Helping hand vs. handcuffs: How the 2 sides of Chattanooga's VRI are playing outhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29897/25/2014 12:00:00 AMThe carrot part of the city's violence reduction initiative appears to be working.&nbsp; 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.Missouri gun rights amendment worries some police, prosecutorshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29907/25/2014 12:00:00 AMMissourians 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.DA's Office rewards young artists for anti-teen dating violence postershttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29917/25/2014 12:00:00 AMSAN 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.&nbsp; 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.Lehigh County District Attorney's Office expands Domestic Violence Unithttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29877/24/2014 12:00:00 AMALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Lehigh County District Attorney's Domestic Violence Unit has been expanded and the processing of domestic abuse cases through the court system has been changed to strengthen prosecutors&#8217; and the court&#8217;s response to domestic violence cases, according to a Wednesday news release from District Attorney James B.Adams County district attorney's office holds second citizen's academyhttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29887/24/2014 12:00:00 AMThe District Attorney's office for Adams County is taking applications for residents interested in learning the ins and outs of the criminal justice system during a specialized citizen's academy this fall.&nbsp; This is the second year for the project, which was launched by 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young last year in an effort to make people understand what he does every day.NYPD Orders New Training in Use of Forcehttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29867/23/2014 12:00:00 AMEvery New York Police Department officer will be retrained in the use of force following the death of a Staten Island man after an officer subdued him with an apparent chokehold, Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday.&nbsp; The "top-to-bottom" retraining of nation's largest police force, with 35,000 officers, is an undertaking that could take years, Mr.DA's office awarded No Refusal Initiative granthttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29857/23/2014 12:00:00 AMHarris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced today that her office has been awarded nearly a half a million dollars in funding for the No Refusal Initiative. The funding is provided by the Texas Department of Transportation by way of a federal grant.Staten Island DA issues 'scared straight' warnings on drug abuse (editorial)http://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29837/22/2014 12:00:00 AMHave you or a family member or somebody else you know been abusing drugs? If so, there is a quick new way to stop short of addiction or arrest. It can be life-saving.Northampton County district attorney warns litigants not to lie in courtshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29847/22/2014 12:00:00 AMNorthampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is warning the public not to give false testimony in court after a rash of incidents in the past six months. In a news conference this afternoon, Morganelli said there have been several cases of falsifying records and lying in court in a handful of civil cases.In major policy shift, Miami-Dade police to video record entirety of suspect interviewshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29817/21/2014 12:00:00 AMIn an effort to ward off claims of false confessions, Miami-Dade police detectives will soon begin videotaping the entirety of their interviews with suspects in homicide cases.&nbsp; That decision &#8212; made at the behest of prosecutors &#8212; means the county&#8217;s largest police department will finally join other local law enforcement agencies who for years have filmed their full interviews with people suspected in killings.Prosecutors: Expungement law has good, bad sideshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29807/21/2014 12:00:00 AMBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana law allowing some criminals to have their records expunged is drawing mixed reviews from judges and attorneys, who say parts of the law don&#8217;t make sense.<br>The goal of the measure that took effect last year is to improve nonviolent offenders&#8217; chances of getting a job by shielding felony convictions from a background check done by potential employers.<br>Hundreds of offenders across the state have applied for expungement; Monroe County has processed 273 requests during the first six months of this year alone.<br><a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/20/prosecutors-expungement-law-has-good-bad-sides/" target="_blank">The Washington Times</a>OWI law change poses problem for prosecutorshttp://www.apainc.org/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Current News&newsletterid=29827/21/2014 12:00:00 AMSome Wisconsin prosecutors are concerned that a change in OWI law could allow drunken drivers who cause minor injuries to avoid criminal charges.&nbsp; Wisconsin Act 224, which went into effect April 10, aimed to create mandatory minimum penalties for drunken car crashes that cause substantial injury and for seventh to 10th offense drunken driving charges.