View upcoming and past events below.
Witness Intimidation Part III — Principles of Witness Protection
Part III of the three-part witness intimidation series focuses on the principles of witness protection, which include tactical considerations, addressing the traumatic impact to the victim/witness, and lifestyle change support.
Peer to Peer Exchange: Process Evaluations
In this closed discussion, grantee participants will discuss the various components of a process evaluation that also help directly inform the research partners’ relationship with practitioners, including monitoring/tracking tools for the practitioners to complete and a map of the prosecutorial and grant process. Contact AEquitas if you are interested in us hosting a similar event for your jurisdiction.
Digital Evidence Part I: The Investigative Stage — Recognition, Collection, Search
AEquitas, in partnership with the Denver District Attorney’s Office hosts a two-part webinar that explores the scope of data available from sources of digital evidence and strategies on how such data can effectively be developed with forensically-sound practices. Presenters discuss theories of admission, rules of evidence, and “real life” examples to demonstrate how to properly authenticate and introduce digital evidence in court proceedings. The first of the two-part series explores the different types and sources of electronic data that are available to investigators; how such data can be properly collected, regardless of whether it is in a physical device or electronic records; and methods to facilitate searching and seizing data.
Digital Evidence Part II: Now That You’ve Got it and Can Read It, What Can You Do With It?
This two-part webinar series presented by the Denver District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with AEquitas, explores the scope of data available from sources of digital evidence and strategies on how such data can effectively be developed with forensically-sound practices. Presenters discuss theories of admission, rules of evidence, and “real life” examples to demonstrate how to properly authenticate and introduce digital evidence in court proceedings. The second of the two-part series explores how legally-obtained data can be analyzed, depending on the type of data in question. Presenters also discuss strategies for effectively presenting evidence at trial.
Transparency in Prosecution (Yolo County, CA)
This webinar spotlights Yolo County’s new criminal justice transparency portal, an innovative website created by the District Attorney’s Office, the Yolo County Multi-Cultural Council, and Measures for Justice (an organization that uses accurate criminal justice data to spur reform). The portal was developed to help the office analyze prosecution data and enhance trust with the community through transparency and accountability. It allows citizens an intimate glimpse into the prosecutorial process in Yolo County—including crime trends that are affecting their community; law enforcement resources in the area; and detailed case statistics pertaining to referrals, charging, diversion, and sentencing decisions. During this webinar, presenters will give a live walkthrough of the portal, chronicle the process behind publicizing this data, and discuss their aspirations and policy goals driving this project. View the discussion here.
PCE Pop-Up: Empowering Ethical Prosecution
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
PCE Pop-Ups feature current topics through short presentations and discussion sponsored by PCE and AEquitas Innovative Prosecution Solutions. This event will include discussions on:
- Brady Today: How to Enhance Your Office Culture - Chief Assistant District Attorney Timothy Koller (Richmond County District Attorney's Office, New York)
- Creating an Ethics Process and the Role of the Ethics Officer - Professional Responsibility Advisor Cynthia Nakao (Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, California)
Collecting and Analyzing Carjacking Data: Challenges and Solutions
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
As violent crime increases nationwide, reports of increases in carjackings has become a concern in many communities. However, because jurisdictions often include carjackings under a general category of robbery, it is difficult to accurately identify the number of carjackings occurring separately from those robberies. This webinar will spotlight the experiences of an IPS grantee’s efforts to tackle this issue from a data collection and analysis perspective. Ryan Bokoch of the Cuyahoga County Office of the Prosecutor in Cleveland, OH will discuss his Crime Strategy Unit’s effort to collect and analyze data concerning carjackings in the Cleveland area so that the Office of the Prosecutor and their partners would have an accurate understanding of the numbers, location and perpetrator/victim demographics associated with this violent and potentially deadly crime. Upon completion of this session, participants will be better able to:
- Assess current data collection efforts regarding carjacking crime.
- Analyze data to create an accurate picture of carjacking crime within your jurisdiction.
- Utilize data to inform the response to carjacking crime.
Upstream Violence Prevention: The Role of Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Mitigating Gun Violence
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), also known as “Red Flag Laws", are a promising tool of intervention but are relatively unknown to prosecutors across the nation. ERPOs are court orders that temporarily restrict access to firearms for individuals at elevated risk of harming themselves or others. As caseloads swell and rates of violence surge, prosecutors, law enforcement, and advocates can learn about and begin to deploy tools that can help mitigate and prevent future harm upstream— when warning signs first come to light. Please join us for this engaging presentation led by national experts from the Regional Domestic Violence Firearms Enforcement Unit of the King County, Washington Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Presenters will discuss how criminal justice professionals can utilize ERPOs to restrict firearm access for individuals exhibiting a wide variety of high-risk behaviors. They will also explore the efficacy of ERPOs to reduce gun violence.
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