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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.

 Current News

Kill Switches on Smartphones Now Mandatory in California
California Governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation Monday, mandating that every smartphone sold in California after July 1, 2015, be equipped by default with a kill switch, a feature that can render the device useless if stolen. Proposed by state senator Mark Leno and endorsed by a bevy of law-enforcement officials, the new law — the first of its kind in the nation — is designed to curb cell-phone theft in cities like San Francisco, where more than 65% of all robberies involve stolen phones, or Oakland, where it’s 75%.

Pennsylvania Superior Court declares mandatory minimum sentences unconstitutional for drug-related gun charges
A North Hills man convicted on gun and drug charges in 2012 was ordered to have a new sentencing hearing following a Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling that called mandatory minimums for drug convictions involving a firearm unconstitutional. Under the criminal code Section 9712.1 prosecutors were allowed to seek a five-year mandatory minimum sentence on a drug charge if a firearm was “found on a drug dealer, an accomplice, or in the vicinity of the contraband.”

Prosecutor Kym Worthy: Office is 'criminally underfunded'
DETROIT (WJBK) - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says in the last two years she's lost 90 lawyers and that Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has slashed her budget to the breaking point. "I honestly don't think that the Ficano administration gives a damn about public safety the way that they should," she said. "It's really, quite frankly criminal, what's been happening here," Worthy said. "Over a thousand warrants are backed up that we can't get to and these are not spitting on the sidewalk. These are homicide, these are child abuse, these are domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault."

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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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