Topic: Upstream Violence Protection: The Role of Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Mitigating Gun Violence
Hosted By: King County District Attorney's Office and John Hopkins University
Date/Time: Thursday, September 29, 2022 4:00am ChST
Description: Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), also known as “Red Flag Laws", are a promising tool of prosecutorial 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 this and other 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.