In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many courts worked to switch to a virtual format, while criminal court cases became backlogged. This problem has continued throughout the pandemic to the point that some courts face such a large backlog that some cases may need to be dropped. To help address this challenge and others related to virtual courts and backlogged cases, the Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence published the report “Prosecutor Backlog Causes, Data and Solutions” in January 2021.

Body-Worn Camera Footage: What do we do with all of that evidence? (Part II)

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched the Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) in FY 2015 to assist law enforcement agencies in enhancing or implementing BWC programs. PIP’s primary goals are to improve public safety, reduce crime, and improve trust between police and the citizens they serve.

Webinar – Juvenile Sex Offenders: Navigating Risk of Re-Offending and Treatment

Join the National District Attorneys Association and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center for their webinar “Juvenile Sex Offenders: Navigating Risk of Re-Offending and Treatment” on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET. This webinar, geared toward prosecutors, will focus on the evaluation and treatment of juvenile sex offenders in the context of considering risks to public safety as well as rehabilitation of the juvenile.

Webinar – Remote Justice: International Perspectives On Video Court

Join the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Center for Court Innovation, and Fair Trials for their webinar “Remote Justice: International Perspectives on Video Court” on Thursday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. ET. During this webinar, panelists will discuss the past, present, and future use of video in criminal courtrooms around the world.


Webinar – The Science of Infectious Disease Transmission: What Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Should Know

Join the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys for their webinar “The Science of Infectious Disease Transmission: What Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Should Know” on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET. Dr. David Wohl of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine will discuss the transmission of infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis C, tuberculosis, and COVID-19, presenting facts and dispelling misconceptions to help prosecutors, law enforcement, and allied professionals understand what they may prosecute or encounter in the field.

AEquitas is the lead training and technical assistance (TTA) provider for the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Innovative Prosecution Solutions (IPS) initiative. As part of the IPS initiative, AEquitas developed an IPS website that provides helpful information to prosecutors’ offices responding to their communities’ violent crime problems.

Webinar: Innovative Practices and Policies to Reduce Criminal Case Backlogs

Join the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys on Wednesday, March 31 at 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET. This webinar, supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, will feature three jurisdictions using innovative approaches to reducing their backlogs during the pandemic, including updating policies, using pre-entry advocates, and continuing jury trials.


Webinar: Intake and Triage of CIU Review Applications

Join the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys for their webinar “Intake and Triage of CIU Review Applications” on Wednesday, March 24 at 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET. Part of their Conviction Integrity Webinar Series, this webinar will focus on Dallas County’s Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). Cynthia Garza, who leads Dallas County’s CIU, will discuss reviewing applications and share lessons learned.

This webinar is intended for prosecutors and allied professionals.

On March 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court granted that criminal defendants have the right to a state-appointed attorney if they are unable to afford one themselves. This Sixth Amendment right was found to be constitutionally justified for criminal defendants through the Fourteenth Amendment. Because of this landmark decision, March 18 marks National Public Defender Day.