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Enhancing Community Prosecution through the National High Performance Prosecution (HPP) Framework Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $700,000)

The Ensuring Procedural Justice Throughout the Adjudication Process: Pretrial Reform, High Performance Prosecution, and Smarter Sentencing Practices Program is funded under the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Authorized by Pub. L. No.112-55, 125 Stat. 552, 615, the Byrne Competitive Program helps communities improve the functioning and capacity of state and local criminal justice systems and provides for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. The FY 2012 program will focus on funding efforts in three major categories.

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) will continue the national development of community prosecution through the National High Performance Prosecution (HPP) Framework, in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Center for Court Innovation and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. This project will meet the present national need for training and technical assistance in an effort to improve the prosecutorial function by making more informed decisions and embracing BJA's high performance framework standards. APA's goal is to train and equip prosecutors with the requisite skills and knowledge necessary to implement informed and evidence-based decision-making using the HPP framework, while continuing to increase the effectiveness and the efficacy of the justice system. APA will accomplish this goal through three principle objectives: 1. APA will enhance knowledge about the HPP framework and community prosecution strategies by developing and disseminating publications, newsletters, toolkits, and web site available resources, and by offering training through the 8th Annual Community Prosecution Conference and through webinars; 2. APA will establish formal partnerships to better coordinate training and technical assistance service in the areas of community prosecution, HPP, and Intelligence-Led Community Prosecution, Community Policing and Community Partnerships (IL3CP); and 3. APA will equip prosecutors with the skills necessary to implement the HPP and IL3CP models by hosting regional trainings, on-site technical assistance visits, and establishing a national peer-to-peer mentoring network.


Date Created: August 20, 2012