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Aider & Abettor: Raise the Age (Episode 6)

Two public defenders are podcasting about law and culture in Aider & Abettor.  In Episode 6, Sajid Khan and Avi Singh talk about recent criminal justice reforms in New York. In the Opening Statement, they discuss the campaign to #raisetheage and the problems of prosecuting 16 and 17 year olds like adults.

Two public defenders are podcasting about law and culture in Aider & Abettor.  

In Episode 6, Sajid Khan and Avi Singh talk about recent criminal justice reforms in New York. In the Opening Statement, they discuss the campaign to #raisetheage and the problems of prosecuting 16 and 17 year olds like adults.

In the Deep Dive, they discuss a recent proposal to close Rikers Island. They explore many of the ways that Rikers violates basic notions of due process and fairness. You can find the proposal at www.morejustnyc.com/the-report-1/

In the Things segment, Sajid recommends a the Ex-Conversations Podcast and makes the MVP case for Steph Curry.  Avi criticizes a Department of Justice memo that attempts to get the Department of Justice out of the business of responding to systemic civil rights violations. The show is available on all platforms (iTunes, stitcher, Google play, Pocket casts, podcast addict, etc.).

Here's the SoundCloud link: https://soundcloud.com/user-139217541/concrete-jungle-where-dreams-are-made-of

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April 16, 2017: 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper features the Orleans Public Defenders and NAPD General Counsel in a substantive segment about public defenders' excessive workloads, pervasive injustice, and the obligation of defenders to resist the "conveyer belt" of mass-incarceration. You can watch the compelling segment HERE 
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On March 18, 2017 - the 54th anniversary of the Gideon v. Wainright decision - NAPD published its Foundational Principleswhich are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.  

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On March 2, 2017, NAPD released its Statement on Reducing Demand For Public Defense: Alternatives to Traditional Prosecution Can Reduce Defender Workload, Save Money, and Reduce RecidivismThere are more than 2 million people in jail and prison in the United States. This is a four-fold increase since 1980. This increase and the racial disproportionality among incarcerated people has led to alliances across the political spectrum to address the impact on people and on budgets.  As the new Coalition for Public Safety has put it, “Our country has an ‘overcriminalization’ problem and an ‘overincarceration’ problem — and it’s getting worse." NAPD authored this statement because there is a great opportunity to make transformative changes that can improve justice and save money.  A variety of organizations representing a wide spectrum of political views have joined together to end the systematic problem of overcriminalization and narrow the net of incarceration by reforming criminal codes.