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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

Officials call for stronger law on illegal gun possession
As a group of law-enforcement and elected officials called yesterday for a mandatory two-year sentence for people convicted of illegally carrying a firearm, kids in the South Philadelphia neighborhood watched and played. It was a beautiful, sunny day. But on Aug. 1, horror enveloped the area after Tynirah Borum, 3, who was getting her hair braided on a porch on Etting Street near Dickinson, was fatally shot.

PAWS Act Deal Would Require Vets To Report Suspected Animal Abuse
BOSTON — The House and Senate have come to agreement on legislation stiffening penalties for animal abuse and requiring veterinarians to report suspected mistreatment. In October 2013 in response to reports of “Puppy Doe,” an abused 2-year-old pitbull, Senate Republicans filed legislation dubbed Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety, or PAWS Act. In the final days of formal sessions, the two branches exchanged different versions of the bill, before the House passed the version that both chambers agree with, according to Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr. “It had been significantly narrowed by the House,” Tarr said after a session Monday where the Senate agreed to the House bill. He said in the new version “we’ve agreed on everything.

Bill to Change Rikers Island Prosecutor Is Challenged
A bill championed by New York City corrections officers to have Queens County, not Bronx County, prosecute crimes committed on Rikers Island has been denounced by major players in the criminal justice system. On Tuesday, the New York Civil Liberties Union urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to veto the bill that the state Legislature overwhelmingly approved this spring. Previously, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office, the Legal Aid Society of New York City and District Attorneys Robert Johnson of the Bronx and Richard Brown of Queens had also opposed the bill.
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 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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