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Al Smith is a 26 year police veteran of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in Broward County Florida. During his career he held assignments in Road Patrol, Mounted Unit, Tactical Impact Unit (robberies in progress), and the Organized Crime Division. He posed as a contract killer for over 18 years during his assignment to Organized Crime and was hired to kill 15 people. His undercover career was the subject of a book called Under Contract: A Cop Hired to Kill which was later made into a TV movie. In 1997 Al retired and was hired by the Public Defender's Office. During his career as Chief Investigator he has written several articles related to his work on Exposing Brady. Last year Al was voted the Florida Public Defender's Association Investigator of the Year related to his work on Brady information. This year (2014) our investigative staff was the subject of an article published in Mother Jones magazine that details much of the work we have been doing related to the Brady issue.

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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.