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9th National Prosecution Summit: Innovative Prosecution and Community Safety
6/02/14
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
6/01/14
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

Bill to Change Rikers Island Prosecutor Is Challenged
8/20/14
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.
New York Law Journal

 
State prosecutors to present evidence in Michael Brown case to grand jury
8/20/14
FERGUSON, Mo. — A Missouri state prosecutor on Tuesday prepared to present evidence to a grand jury in the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was set to arrive to personally oversee the federal investigation. A spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said a grand jury planned to begin hearing evidence Wednesday in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. It remained unclear whether Wilson would face charges in the Aug. 9 incident, which has triggered days of chaotic confrontations between protesters and heavily armed police.
The Washington Post

 
Useful Tools in Sentencing
8/20/14
In “Sentencing, by the Numbers” (Op-Ed, Aug. 11), Sonja B. Starr highlights concern over judges’ use in sentencing of predictive tools to gauge an offender’s risk of recidivism. But let’s not overlook the important role that risk-assessment tools can play in helping identify the factors that make sentenced inmates more likely to commit crimes after they are released. The most useful tools emphasize dynamic factors — those the inmate has the ability to change — including things like substance abuse, lack of education or antisocial attitudes.
The New York Times

 
 
 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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