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    "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Thomas Jefferson
    • NAPD's 2015 Annual Report “All Day, Every Day, Public Defense” features the day-in, day-out advocacy that public defenders provide in jails, courts and communities across the country. NAPD is an association of 12,500 practitioner-members focused on public defense reform and achievement. The release coincides with the first annual Public Defense Day, a day organized by NAPD members to celebrate and highlight the work of defenders around the country.

    •   In the 6th Judicial circuit in Florida (serving the Tampa Bay area), clients with mental health issues can be referred to the Public Defender Office’s jail diversion program for the mentally ill. That program has licensed Masters-level therapists, housing, medication and transportation for mentally ill clients with either felonies or misdemeanors. Since 2004, the program has successfully diverted over 6,000 clients.
    •  When I was in prison I would always see the guys released come back, and I would ask them, "what happened?" They would always tell me that they didn't have any place to live at. I was in the same situation when I was finally released - homeless, with nothing but a $10 check. So a group of us came together to start The First 72+, because no one should be homeless when they leave prison.
    •  Imagine spending your adult life, regretting crimes that you committed as a teenager or young adult. Imagine applying for jobs that you truly want, being tested, passing tests, going to interviews over and over, only to get a call or email advising you that “because of your record,” we cannot hire you. We all make mistakes at some point in our lives. We all make poor choices that perhaps we regret. Now, imagine that you could go to a clinic. A clinic where there is no judgment, nothing to fear.

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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.