The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) is a private non-profit whose mission is to support and enhance the effectiveness of prosecutors in their efforts to create safer communities. The overall goal of APA is to keep communities safe, and the minimization of collateral consequences accomplishes this goal. Collateral consequences that are unrelated to the criminal conviction and have no public safety benefit, hurt communities overall by increasing recidivism and trapping many in a cycle that prevents them from truly escaping the criminal justice system. Unnecessary collateral consequences can prevent gainful employment and restrict housing opportunities.

In 2019, APA received a Koch Foundation grant to address issues of unrelated collateral consequences at plea in the state of North Carolina. APA’s goal is to provide prosecutors across the country with the tools necessary to correct this failing in the criminal justice system. To expand upon this work, APA was awarded a grant through the Coalition for Public Safety (CPS) to provide additional regional trainings across the country for prosecutors on the issue of collateral consequences. These additional trainings include workshops, conferences, webinars, and other guidance, whilst working with partners around the country to increase prosecutorial awareness and prevention of unnecessary collateral consequences. All of these trainings will focus on how prosecutors can address collateral consequences at the plea stage rather than upon reentry.

Project Personnel

Sasha Beatty
Sasha BeattyProject Lead/Deputy General Counsel
Sasha Beatty joined the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in July 2019 after previously working for the Nashville District Attorney’s Office for two years as an Assistant District Attorney General. There, she prosecuted domestic violence cases before working in Criminal Court Divisions I and V as a felony trial prosecutor. Sasha received her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in May of 2017. She attended Duke University and received her Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History with a minor in French. Sasha is admitted to practice law in the State of Tennessee and the District of Columbia, and is a member of the Tennessee State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Constitution Society. In addition to her work in the Office of General Counsel, Sasha works as the Web Development Director
Jackson Still
Jackson StillPolicy Analyst
Jackson Still joined the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in August of 2021 after completing a legal internship. Prior to joining APA, Jack obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science from William Jewell College in Kansas City, Missouri, where he played on the golf team and completed internships with the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office, the ACLU of Missouri, and KC Common Good. As a Policy Analyst, he works on a variety of different projects with APA staff, performing legal and empirical research, writing, administrative duties, and assisting with project management. Jack aspires to attend law school and one day work for the United States Department of Justice

This resource was developed and made possible with the support of the Charles Koch Institute and is part of the North Carolina Collateral Consequences project initiative. CKI believes an effective criminal justice system protects people and preserves public safety, respects human dignity, restores victims, removes barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records, and ensures equal justice for all under the law. To advance that cause, the institute partners with social entrepreneurs working across the key institutions of society — including education, communities, business, and government — and supports applied research to turn ideas into practical solutions. To learn more, please visit their website.

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