The War on Drugs: A War on Common Sense, Racial and Social Justice, and Coexistence
Court fines and fees: Another barrier to North Carolina's ballot box
How much money do you have to pay before you cast your ballot on Election Day? For most North Carolinians, the answer might seem obvious: none. As the cornerstone of our democracy, voting is supposed to be fair, accessible – and free. But for an increasing number of North Carolinians, the right to vote can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
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Thank you for not becoming bitter even though you're angry, dismayed, heartbroken. It has been hard. It took a toll. You bore it, and bear it still. Public defender work is also hard; but it's familiar because you showed me what it would be like.
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Mothers and Public Defenders
My mother has shown support not only in words, but in the way she is there for me when I need a sounding board. I can only hope that my contributions honor her and her example.
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Public Defender Podcast
This is absolutely worth a listen. There's so much in here. The empathy for tragedy; the matter-of-factness of the day-by-day crushing workload...
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JOINT STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE USE OF PRETRIAL RISK ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS
The United States and all fifty states prohibit excessive bail; forty-eight states have a constitutional or statutory presumption in favor of releasing all but a specified few people before trial. Despite the existence of the Excessive Bail, Due Process, and Equal Protection clauses, the current system of pretrial detention and release unfairly and disproportionately affects African-American and Hispanic people:
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When Parents Are Incarcerated
Many of my clients lived with a grandparent, an aunt, or a family friend. Instinctively, I knew that the reason for this living arrangement was probably a source of intense grief or overwhelming stress. Somewhere along the road, in my efforts to protect them from more stress, I stopped asking “where is your mom and dad?” What I know now is that it was a well-intentioned mistake on my part.
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Why Do We Need More Standards?
Foundational Standards. Ho Hum, right? I'm writing this to ask you to take a look. The Steering Committee of NAPD passed the Foundational Principles on March 16, 2017. This ended a process of 18 months that began with an idea by Tim Young, Ohio Public Defender and then Chair of NAPD.
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