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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

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.

Judge rules Washington D.C. handgun ban is unconstitutional
Washington D.C. residents can now legally carry handguns in the streets of the District, according to a federal judge.  In his ruling released Saturday, Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote that the current D.C. ban on carrying handguns outside the home was "unconstitutional."  Second Amendment advocates now have another legal victory. And both Washington D.C. and Chicago have lost another round in their decades-old legal battles to ban guns from their cities.
The Christian Science Monitor

Orange DA promotes boost in asset forfeiture
GOSHEN — Something you should know if you're contemplating crime in Orange County: District Attorney David Hoovler is pushing for more asset forfeiture.  "My goal is to use forfeiture as a deterrent and as an aid to prosecution and enforcement. And really, that's what it was designed to do," Hoovler said.  Forfeiture allows law enforcement to keep cash or other assets generated by or used in the commission of crime — the "fruits, instrumentalities and proceeds" of crime.  For example, cash from drug transactions, a weapon used in a robbery, a business used as a front for narcotics activity.  "Generally speaking, they (the defendants) have to be the owner, or the owner has to knowingly allow it to happen," Hoovler said.

 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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