Come to the table with reasonable goals and points of agreement. Defenders and prosecutors share many goals and encounter some of the same obstacles in achieving them. Identifying common goals and starting a conversation here signals that each side understands and respects the other’s position.
APA is one of the strategic allies supporting the Safety + Justice Challenge through its Exploring Innovations with APA project. APA provides technical assistance and resources to the 10 core sites and 10 partner sites to assist them with implementing and sustaining their evidence-based programs. The Challenge sites and strategic allies participate in Leadership Institutes hosted by APA where the sites and allies will learn from each other and successful peers in the field about how to overcome the challenges of ensuring the safety of the community is met using means that offer justice to the system participants and the community. APA produced a white paper and several newsletters, which highlight some of those innovative diversion and alternative sentencing methods, as well as some of the structural and cultural realities of implementing these programs.