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U.S Department of Justice Announces Smart Prosecution Grant Recipients
9/24/14
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced today four new Smart Prosecution grants for prosecutors in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as additional technical assistance funding for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA).
 
The announcement was made by Beth McGarry, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for OJP before an audience of prosecutors and other law enforcement officials at the 9th National Prosecution Summit in Dallas, TX held by APA in partnership with BJA and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI).

 
Los Angeles and New York Prosecutors Join Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Board of Directors
6/01/14
August 28, 2014 (WASHINGTON, DC) – Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. have joined the Board of Directors for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA). Click here to read the full press release.
 

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Animal Abuse Gains Traction as Serious Crime
9/30/14
The video lasts all of 12 seconds: A stray cat — after being lured by a young man’s outstretched hand — is suddenly and violently kicked, its body propelled through the air, clearing a small fence and landing about 20 feet away, to a chorus of cackling laughter.The man, Andre Robinson, was soon arrested.Had it been a person he kicked, Mr. Robinson, 22, most likely would have received a quick plea bargain requiring no jail time — if, that is, he had even been arrested.

But now, every time Mr. Robinson has appeared in court in Brooklyn, animal-rights activists have surrounded him, attending his hearings and calling for a jail sentence. He has not even received a plea offer from prosecutors, which is extremely rare in misdemeanor cases. www.nytimes.com

 
Brooklyn New York District Attorney Moves To Thwart Domestic Violence
9/29/14
With research suggesting that domestic violence-related homicides are predictable, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office has begun to study whether they are preventable. In a pilot program focused on the neighborhood of East New York, prosecutors who handle domestic violence cases will change how they process them in an effort to assess whether a defendant charged with a domestic violence crime may be a potential murderer. www.nytimes.com
 
Attorney General Holder Announces Resignation
9/25/14
Washington (CNN) -- Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will resign after six years at the helm of the Justice Department. Holder has agreed to remain in his post until the confirmation of his successor. www.cnn.com
 
 
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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

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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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