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Profile: melanie.oberlander

With her background in legal administration and technical implementations, Melanie Oberlander brings a unique point of view to the IT committee. Melanie's 11-year tenure at King County Department of Public Defense SCRAP Division has given her deep insights into the day-to-day operations that keep public defense organizations running behind the scenes, including staff development, transcription, business processes, statistical analysis and case management. Most recently, Melanie has served as a subject matter expert in the evaluation, adoption and deployment of LegalFiles, King County’s new digital case management system, to ensure single-source access to case documentation and increase the accuracy and completeness of all case-related files. Combining her technical expertise of the LegalFiles platform with her insider knowledge of the people and processes of public defense, Melanie has led in the development of strategic roll-out plans, technical documentation and training modules tailored to fit the specific needs and priorities of SCRAP. Under this leadership, Legal Files has grown from a single-office implementation to become the county's chosen provider for its integrated case management system. Melanie looks forward to sharing best practices and lessons learned from these experiences to her role as Co-Chair on the NAPD IT team.

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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.