Los Angeles – The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office was one of only four prosecutor’s offices in the nation chosen today to receive a $435,000 Smart Prosecution grant by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP).
“Being chosen as a Smart Prosecution site bolsters my Office’s commitment to innovative, neighborhood-centered justice,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. “These resources will help us engage our community in tackling the quality of life crimes that are neighborhood priorities.”
The OJP grant will cover two full-time positions for two years to staff the City Attorney’s Neighborhood Justice Panels in South Los Angeles and Hollywood. The panels are part of Feuer’s Neighborhood Justice Program, which will begin in October.
Feuer was a speaker at the Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s (APA) National Conference in Dallas where Beth McGarry, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for OJP, made the announcement.
“As prosecutors begin to use innovative, best practice or evidenced-based approaches to address the goals of ensuring justice and maintaining public safety, there is a need to research and evaluate those efforts,” said McGarry.
Prosecutors from four cities will work closely with the APA’s national training and technical assistance program to develop and test smart prosecution practices to create a more efficient and effective national criminal justice system. In addition to Los Angeles, Smart Prosecution sites will include Chicago, Houston and San Francisco.