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APA Prosecutorial Independence Policy Brief Released 

01-11-2024 06:44 PM

Originally posted by Aviva Kurash on 12-22-2023

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In response to recent actions that undermine prosecutorial independence and the ability of prosecutors to use their discretion to pursue justice and safeguard their communitiesThe Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) is proud to issue a statement and policy brief on The Independent Role of the Prosecutor.

The Prosecutorial Independence Policy Brief articulates the role and duties of the prosecutor as "ministers of justice," and underscores the importance of prosecutorial decision-making and the exercise of discretion to ensure justice, fairness, accountability and community safety. The brief addresses the core tenets of our democracy, including the separation of powers.

To ensure the inclusion of diverse geographic and ideological perspectives, both the statement and brief were developed by a working group of over 50 members, including prosecutors, constitutional and ethics legal scholars, and allied partners.

Please share this brief widely with your networks and we'd love to hear about any of your efforts to safeguard independence. 



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Aviva Kurash
Senior Program Manager
Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA)
aviva.kurash@apainc.org
(202) 844-4416

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