Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $225,000)
The FY 2019 Addressing the Training Needs of Juvenile Prosecutors program will fund state agencies responsible for administering, managing, or overseeing the training, education, and professional development needs of juvenile prosecutors and their support staff. This funding will allow states to develop or expand training and/or professional development tailored to the unique needs and challenges related to the highly specialized practice of juvenile prosecution. This program is authorized pursuant to Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2019, Pub. L. No. 1166, 133 Stat. 13, 114-116, 119.
The California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) will serve the entire California Juvenile Justice System. The goals are to (1) build the capacity of juvenile prosecutors, their staffs, and law enforcement by providing the requisite skills to investigate and litigate juvenile offenses through in-person, multidisciplinary training; (2) enhance and support the professional development of juvenile prosecutors and provide them with tools and resources; (3) create and publish a manual for prosecutors, The Investigation and Prosecution of Juvenile Crimes; (4) provide technical assistance through extensive online resources, including the Brief Bank, Expert Witness Library, and Sidebars communities that are topic specific and provide discussion forums, sharing of documents and images, and the ability to obtain direct technical assistance from experts in the field; (5) publish six articles in the CDAA quarterly legal journal, Prosecutor's Brief, providing cutting-edge juvenile justice research and topics specific to juvenile prosecution; and (6) establish and maintain the Juvenile Prosecutors Mentor Program to identify and link subject matter experts in the field of juvenile law and development with prosecutors around the state.