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 Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, in partnership with the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council (APAAC), plans to develop and deliver the Arizona Statewide Juvenile Prosecution Training Program, which will provide comprehensive training to juvenile prosecutors and support staff. The goal of the project is to increase the capacity of juvenile prosecutors at the state and local levels by providing improved access to professional development opportunities, training, and resources that will enhance their current knowledge base. The training approach is focused on three components: (1) a library of recorded training on both core competencies and important unique topics, (2) in-person training that will bring prosecutors from across Arizona together to learn and network, and (3) regional training delivered across Arizona. The project objective will be to increase juvenile prosecutor and support staff knowledge of the juvenile justice system and juvenile crime and delinquency by implementing impactful and effective professional development opportunities and improving the accessibility of training platforms, content, and resources.