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Technical Assistance and Training

No individual monies are provided for judicial or court management training, however, indirect support is provided through monies and cooperative efforts with organizations that do offer training. The list below is offered as service to the user and is neither exhaustive or reflective of financial or institutional support.

American Prosecutors Research Institute
APRI is organized around substantive program areas sharing a common goal: to assist prosecutors identify, implement, and share effective legal and programmatic strategies to respond to crime in their communities. All of APRI's work is funded by grants or contracts, most commonly from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Below are brief descriptions of each program's training and technical assistance activities, along with links to their web sites.

  • DNA Forensics Program
    The DNA Forensics Program of the American Prosecutors Research Institute is committed to meeting the needs of prosecutors and investigators. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the DNA Forensics Program provides invaluable services to criminal justice professionals dealing with DNA evidence. Through training and technical assistance efforts, APRIís DNA Forensics Program helps ensure that prosecutors and investigators are using forensic DNA evidence to its fullest potential in the nation's war against crime. E-mail contact: dna@ndaa-apri.org.
  • Gun Violence Prosecution Program
    The mission of the Gun Violence Prosecution Program of the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) is to reduce gun violence in our nation by providing training and technical assistance to prosecutors involved in the prosecution of gun related crime; publishing a newsletter and monographs updating prosecutors on pertinent topics, events and promising practices in gun violence reduction; and engaging in strategic planning to identify challenges and resources that are unique to each community with an interest in adopting or strengthening approaches to reducing gun violence. The Gun Violence Prosecution Program is supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. E-mail contact: gvp@ndaa-apri.org.
  • National Center for Community Prosecution
    The National Center for Community Prosecution (NCCP) of the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has defined and advanced community prosecution for more than ten years. NCCP develops and promotes community prosecution initiatives, gives prosecutors the tools to successfully implement them and educates prosecutors on how they can work with their communities to become better leaders in public safety. E-mail contact: communityprosecution@ndaa-apri.org.
  • National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse
    In 1985, the National District Attorneys Association established the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA) as a program of the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Aimed at responding to an increasing volume of reported child abuse, NCPCA serves as a central resource for training, expert legal assistance, court reform and state-of-the-art information on criminal child abuse investigations and prosecutions. NCPCA also offers specialized assistance in forensic interview techniques and on-line child sexual exploitation. E-mail contact: ncpca@ndaa-apri.org.
  • National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center
    The goal of the National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center (NJJPC) at the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) is to collect and disseminate information to enhance prosecutorsí abilities to prosecute and to prevent juvenile crime. With support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the NJJPC offers trial advocacy training, policy development courses, and training for newly assigned juvenile court prosecutors. NJJPC also publishes newsletters and topical resource guides and provides technical assistance to prosecutors in the field. E-mail contact: juvenilejustice@ndaa-apri.org.
  • National Traffic Law Center
    The National Traffic Law Center (NTLC) at the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) is a resource designed to benefit prosecutors. The mission of the NTLC is to improve the quality of justice in traffic safety adjudications by increasing the awareness of highway safety issues through the compilation, creation and dissemination of legal and technical information and by providing training and reference services. The NTLC is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. E-mail contact: trafficlaw@ndaa-apri.org.
  • Violence Against Women Program
    The goal of the Violence Against Women (VAW) Program of the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) is to educate prosecutors to approach criminal cases involving violence against women in a manner that best promotes victim safety and offender accountability. To assist prosecutors, the VAW Program provides comprehensive and specialized training, research and technical assistance, and innovative and informative resource materials on domestic violence, stalking, cyberstalking and sexual assault, including drug-facilitated sexual assaults. The VAW Program is supported by the Office on Violence Against Women. E-mail contact: vawa@ndaa-apri.org.
  • White Collar Crime Program
    The White Collar Crime (WCC) Program of the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) provides training and technical assistance to prosecutors for white collar crimes including telemarketing fraud, Internet fraud, identity theft, cybercrime, and other scams, with a particular emphasis on elderly victims. The WCC Program provides assistance to prosecutors facing traditional crimes being perpetrated through new technology media. The WCC Program is supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. E-mail contact: whitecollar@ndaa-apri.org.
  • Office of Research and Evaluation
    The Office of Research and Evaluation (OR&E;) of the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) conducts cutting edge studies and analyses to ensure that the nationís state and local prosecutors have access to the most up-to-date and needed research about prosecution and criminal justice policies and programs. OR&E;ís activities focus on enhancing prosecutorsí ability to design and implement effective internal and external policies, procedures, and programs, improving their overall capacity for serving their communities. This work is supported by several agencies within OJP, state and local authorities, and the private sector. E-mail contact: research@ndaa-apri.org.

National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) through the National Cybercrime Training Partnership will assist state attorneys general in examining computer crimes and advanced computer technology systems used to commit computer crimes. NAAG will undertake a variety of activities to facilitate communication and cooperation among the states in establishing new computer crimes units.

The SEARCH National Technical Assistance and Training Program provides comprehensive, hands-on training to local, state and federal agencies on computer technology issues with criminal justice applications. On-site training is provided at SEARCH headquarters in Sacramento, California, and outreach training is provided at regional training sites nationwide. Training is sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

The National Judicial College sponsors a variety of offerings for Judicial Education. Details about course offerings and cost are available at their web site.

In addition to grants, the State Justice Institute accepts proposals from state courts for technical assistance. Fact sheet describing the application process (in PDF).

The National Center for State Courts has developed the Institute of Court Management with a series of courses including long distance learning.

The National Association for State Judicial Educators is a clearinghouse for state judicial education materials and techniques.


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