PDAA Statement on the Death of PDAA President and Erie County District Attorney Brad Foulk

August 12, 2009

Harrisburg, PA – With great sadness, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association released the following statement after receiving word of the death of PDAA President and Erie County District Attorney Brad Foulk:

“Brad Foulk will be remembered as an aggressive prosecutor but also as a thoughtful district attorney who took the time to mentor new district attorneys, work with policy makers on the challenges of our criminal justice system and advocate on behalf of victims of crime,” said PDAA Immediate Past-President and Carbon County District Attorney Gary Dobias.

“Brad will be greatly missed both personally and professionally within the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.  Not only did he serve the people of Erie County well as district attorney, but he served this entire Commonwealth with his thoughtfulness, knowledge and leadership on issues such as drug treatment for offenders to assure public safety, prison reforms and vocal advocacy for crime victims’ rights.

“Brad’s untimely passing is a loss for our entire Commonwealth.  The thoughts and prayers of the executive board and indeed the entire Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association are with his wife, Caroline, his family and his colleagues during this difficult, sad time.”

Foulk was unanimously elected president of the PDAA in February of this year.  In his capacity of president and executive board member he served on many boards, commissions and working groups that were instrumental in affecting criminal justice policy statewide.

A champion of victims’ rights, Mr. Foulk was instrumental in bringing PA SAVIN, an automated crime victim notification service to Erie County.  Erie County was the first county to offer automated victim notifications and information under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant.  PA SAVIN is a statewide project spearheaded jointly by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, the educational arm of the PDAA and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.