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Addressing the Training Needs of Juvenile Prosecutors

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $875,000)

The FY 2019 Addressing the Training Needs of Juvenile Prosecutors program will fund training and technical assistance and other national-level resources to enhance the knowledge, skill level, and expertise of juvenile prosecutors in the United States through a comprehensive, coordinated, national training and technical assistance program. This funding will promote a nationwide approach to juvenile justice that balances public safety, juvenile offender accountability to victims, and life-skill development in youth so that the justice system is equitable, fair, and just. This program is authorized pursuant to Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2019, Pub. L. No. 116–6, 133 Stat. 13, 114-116, 119.

The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) plans to develop training, technical assistance, and publications for juvenile prosecutors, their support staff, and allied criminal justice professionals. They will provide onsite training, at least one web-based training, technical assistance through its website and the Prosecutor's Encyclopedia, and a Juvenile Handbook. NDAA will also partner with an experienced former prosecutor with expertise in juvenile justice and substance abuse issues, who will serve as a senior attorney. NDAA will assemble two panels of leading juvenile prosecutors to create a national resource and gather assistance for the curriculum for training. NDAA will develop four 2.5-day trainings in different locations around the country and will also produce a National Practice Handbook that will contain the essential components of what every juvenile prosecutor should know about handling these cases, as well as an update to the Juvenile Justice Standards and Juvenile Prosecution Policies and Guidelines. NDAA will measure their performance through pre- and post-testing at courses, electronic evaluations of their training, and electronic follow-up surveys of knowledge application after the program or technical assistance. The grant funds will support project-related personnel and fringe benefits, supplies, meeting space/audiovisual rental, faculty and staff travel/per diem, and the indirect cost rate.

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates.

The National District Attorney’s Association will continue to serve as the national training and technical assistance resource center for juvenile court prosecutors. This program will support enhanced FY 2020 training to law enforcement and juvenile prosecutors (specifically training on investigation and prosecution of cases of gun crime, gang crime, drug offenses, sex crimes, domestic violence, and other violent offenses and to include training on making informed sentencing recommendations to courts based on risk to reoffend, antisocial attitudes and other criminogenic risk factors). The grantee will continue to work with the eight juvenile prosecution sites and will also work with the seven jurisdictions funded under the OJJDP FY 2020 Strategies to Support Children Exposed to Violence. The project would fulfill the need to be able to provide national TTA in this area particularly related to how prosecutors can address the most difficult juvenile cases. In order to meet these objectives, the grantee will continue to provide various types of technical assistance and resources and will host regional trainings for juvenile prosecutors. In addition, no less than the sum of $200,000 will be used to develop and host trainings and technical assistance efforts for communities across the country focused on prosecutor-led police and youth engagement. This programming will help prosecutors learn more about the key role they can play in supporting and strengthening relationships between law enforcement and the local communities in which they serve. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 26, 2019