Jonathan Kurland's bio


Jonathan Kurland was appointed by DA Adams as Chief Deputy District Attorney in January 2014. His primary responsibility is the oversight of investigations and prosecutions involving crimes against children, intimate partner violence and sexual violence crimes generally. As part of these responsibilities, he represents the District Attorney's Office in relations with interested community stakeholders such as the Children's Alliance Center and Berks Women in Crisis. In addition to his supervision duties, he also personally prosecuted various cases involving allegations of child abuse, sexual violence as well as homicides and other complex prosecutions.

He supervises the District Attorney's Office use of the Berks County Investigating and Indicting Grand Jury by working with fellow prosecutors and local law enforcement to find ways to prosecute unsolved criminal investigations.

Jonathan was hired in 2001 and was initially assigned to a variety of criminal courtrooms. From 2006 to 2008, he worked in the Appellate Unit, which involved post-trial litigation in areas of brief writing and oral argument to Pennsylvania appellate courts, federal habeas corpus relief and post-conviction collateral relief petitions. In February 2012, Jonathan was promoted to a supervising Chief of Trials position, where he worked until his current assignment. Since he has been with the Berks County District Attorney's Office, Jonathan has tried approximately 100 felony and misdemeanor jury trials involving murder, homicide by vehicle, rape, drug trafficking, child molestation and abuse, forgery, domestic violence, property crimes and assault.

Since 2007, Jonathan has worked as a class instructor at Reading Police Academy in subjects of criminal procedure, evidence and courtroom demeanor. He also teaches as an adjunct professor for Criminal Justice atAlvernia University.

He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. In 1997, he graduated from Duquesne University School of Law. He served as a law clerk in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas from 1997 to 1999. He also worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, from 1999 to 2001.

Jonathan lives in Berks County with his wife and son. He also sits on the board of directors for the Children's Home of Reading.