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July's Final Friday's Webinar
7/15/14
Please join us for APA's latest "Final Friday's" webinar on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT, which will cover a review of Riley v. California and other significant criminal cases from the latest term of the United States Supreme Court. Though relatively few in number this term, these cases decide some important issues that all criminal justice practitioners should be aware of.  We will also take a look ahead to cases of interest that have already been granted cert and may be decided in the next term.  APA is seeking one credit of Continuing Legal Education credit from the State of Virginia for this webinar and can help attorney attendees qualify this webinar for CLE credit in their own jurisdictions. **Please click HERE to register.**
 
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.
 

 Current News

DA's Office rewards young artists for anti-teen dating violence posters
7/25/14
SAN JOSE -- The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office rewarded three teen artists Thursday for their posters depicting "Teen Dating Violence," in an effort to make high school students aware of the problem.  Although the district attorney's office has no official measurements of dating violence in Santa Clara County, Assistant District Attorney James Gibbons-Shapiro calls it an underreported" crime. There are about 4,000 cases of domestic violence in the county each year and "thousands more" aren't reported.  In anticipation of an October campaign against teen dating violence, as part of "Domestic Violence Awareness Month," thedistrict attorney's office invited students from all county high schools to submit posters with this theme to raise awareness about this lesser known form of domestic violence.
San Jose Mercury News"

 
Helping hand vs. handcuffs: How the 2 sides of Chattanooga's VRI are playing out
7/25/14
The carrot part of the city's violence reduction initiative appears to be working.  In the five months since the initiative began, 58 of Chattanooga's most violent offenders have landed jobs, with the city's help, and 42 have held onto those jobs, officials say.  But the stick has come out, too.  The VRI program offers Chattanooga's most violent a choice: stop shooting people and get help, or keep shooting people and watch the police crack down not only on you, but everyone else in your gang or group.  So far, police have cracked down twice in the wake of violence.
timesfreepress.com

 
Missouri gun rights amendment worries some police, prosecutors
7/25/14
Missourians on Aug. 5 will vote on whether the state should enshrine in its constitution broader gun rights in a controversial measure that has drawn the ire of police and prosecutors from across the state.  Amendment 5 would expand Missouri’s gun rights to include an unalienable right to ammunition and accessories as well as subject any further restrictions to “strict scrutiny,” and it also will erase language that “this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.”  State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said he and a colleague introduced the resolution this year to bring the state constitution in line with the U.S. Constitution after two Supreme Court decisions that upheld gun rights in the last few years.
Columbia Daily Tribune

 
 
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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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