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Aider & Abettor with Guest Kevin Chatman/Bilal

In this episode we talk with Bilal about his story including his over 10 years in prison, what motivated him to change despite a life sentence, his release from prison after Prop 36, the challenges of re-entry like learning to use a cell phone and getting a job, and what it was like to go on John Oliver's show.

In our 9th podcast, me and Avi welcomed our first ever guest: Kevin Chatman, known by his Muslim name "Bilal."

Bilal, born and raised in San Jose, got a new lease on life after voters passed Prop 36 in 2012  which amended California's Three Strikes Law. Bilal, then serving a life sentence, was released from prison and has since been a model of redemption and voice for criminal justice reform.

 

You can see Bilal in the Emmy-nominated documentary "The Return" on Netflix and on a powerful segment from John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" on HBO.

 

In this episode we talk with Bilal about his story including his over 10 years in prison, what motivated him to change despite a life sentence, his release from prison after Prop 36, the challenges of re-entry like learning to use a cell phone and getting a job, and what it was like to go on John Oliver's show.

Bilal also helped us break down the recent decision by the Nevada Parole Board to release OJ Simpson from prison.

 

https://soundcloud.com/user-139217541/the-return-with-kevin-bilal-chatman-all-we-need-is-three-mics

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July 1, 2017: NAPD announces Save the Date for 2017 Workloads Institute, to be held at SLU Law School (St. Louis, MO) on November 17-18, 2017. Click HERE for a brochure with details and faculty!
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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 Principles, which are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.