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Erica J. Mazzotti is a third-year law student and Senior Legal Intern in the Civil Litigation Clinic at St. Louis University School of Law. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Science in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science in 2010, both from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While in law school, Erica worked as a law clerk for Simmons Hanly Conroy in Alton, IL and interned as a student attorney for the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office in Belleville, IL. Erica will receive her Juris Doctorate with a Concentration in Civil Litigation Skills from St. Louis University School of Law in May 2015.

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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.