The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) is excited to announce the Low-Level Retail Theft Diversion Initiative. The goal of this Initiative is to work with prosecutors’ offices and their law enforcement and community partners to determine effective retail theft responses that diagnose the underlying causes of theft while balancing the needs of retailers and the safety and equity of the communities that prosecutors serve.
Through this Initiative, APA selected five (5) sites to pilot a prosecutor-involved low-level retail theft diversion program. The five sites that have been selected are: East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office, LA; Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, CA; Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office, CA; Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office (Memphis), TN; and the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, OH.
Participating sites are engaging in a collaborative assessment, planning, and implementation process with project staff for a minimum of 18 months. A staff member who has authority to make decisions about the office’s diversion programs has been assigned to coordinate office involvement in the project, along with administrative support for scheduling calls and meetings, supplying needed policies and procedures, and identifying relevant stakeholders. Project partners are engaging in in-person or remote site visits to meet with the offices, system stakeholders, and key program individuals. Finally, offices are working with JSP to provide (de-identified) case-level data for assessment and program evaluation.
The model framework for the program is based on a needs assessment and direct services, so that each participant has an opportunity to have their needs individually addressed. Participants exit and entry questionnaires are used to monitor changes and obtain input for improving the program. The programs also include working with partners in the community, the criminal justice system, and with businesses to ensure buy-in and program sustainability.
Meet the Team
About the Project Partners
About The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, DC, with the goal of ensuring safer and more equitable communities through prosecutorial training and technical assistance for our membership, which is comprised of elected and appointed prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement professionals as well as a number of various criminal justice system actors. Data transparency in the criminal justice system works towards achieving that ultimate goal of community equity, while also providing prosecutors nationwide with the tools to create a safer today and tomorrow.
About Justice System Partners
JSP is a non-profit, multidisciplinary team committed to assisting criminal and juvenile legal systems and community partners with transforming their systems. We help our partners reimagine their work by combining rigorous research, technical assistance, and knowledge of evidence-informed strategies. We infuse creativity, innovation, and passion into our work, taking an integrated approach to system transformation to help our partners operationalize meaningful change.