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    "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Thomas Jefferson
    • I hope that the state truly recognizes that it has an obligation to ensure that all indigent defendants receive what it has agreed to provide in five counties. But until we see where the money is coming from and whether it will have a negative impact on the remaining fifty-seven counties, I’m going to be keeping that cork in the bottle.
    • NAPD has over 8500 members. The opportunities to contribute to this movement are growing every day and it becomes hard to keep up with all the opportunities that are out there. Yet, there is incredible strength in that number if we all take small steps to make a difference. To make it easy for you to make a difference – below is a list of steps you can take today. Some will take five seconds – some could take longer – it’s all up to you.
    • Checks and balances are supposed to exist so that everyone is treated in the same manner. In reality there are black and white guidelines that exist for our citizens and apparently a different set of policies that are shades of gray for police misconduct.
    • Most of our clients are poor and cannot afford bail even if the bail set by the judge could be posted. So why file a formal motion for a bail hearing? Here’s why:

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    mutual aid

    Our community includes brilliant men and women with a diversity of specializations, interests, and experiences. NAPD is a collection of individuals dedicated to public defense and the right to counsel connecting directly to share knowledge, brainstorm challenges, and offer support.

    you're the expert

    No one understands public defense better than the thousands of men and women across the country who engage in the work on a daily basis. Through the unified voice of NAPD, we will at last claim our rightful position as experts regarding the right to counsel and the systems designed to provide that valuable right.

    stronger together

    The men and women who dedicate their professional lives to public defense must serve as the catalysts for change. Through NAPD, we will speak with one voice for our clients and their constitutional right to counsel.