Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,200,000)
The FY 2015 Adjudication and Law Enforcement National Initiatives: Improving Responses to Criminal Justice Issues Competitive Grant Announcement focuses on national initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, specifically by (1) providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to jurisdictions engaged in problem-solving justice initiatives; (2) training judges on advanced criminal justice topics; (3) improving public trust and confidence in the court system by promoting procedural justice; (4) providing TTA to jurisdictions engaged in capital case litigation; (5) providing TTA to prosecutors interested in diverting addicted offenders to substance abuse treatment in lieu of prison; (6) convening prosecutors to implement innovative policies and strategies; and (7) developing an executive training session for police leadership.
The goal of the Prosecutor-Led Diversion Initiative is to assist prosecutors around the country plan, implement, sustain, enhance, and evaluate prosecutor-led drug treatment programs that are alternatives to imprisonment within their office. Prosecutor-led diversion can be a smart strategy for improving public safety, allocating prosecution resources, reducing recidivism, and providing offenders with a second chance for success.
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) will continue to provide training and technical assistance to prosecutor-led diversion programs. The goal of APA project is to improve the prosecutorial function by informing prosecutors about strategies to plan, implement, and evaluate drug treatment diversion programs. CA/NCF