Profile: lori.combs

Lori Combs has been a registered nurse for over 22 years. Her specific area of focus was emergency medicine, but also included PACU (Recovery Room), telemetry, and primary care clinics. During her emergency department career, she received training in adult sexual assault examinations in Dallas, Texas and performed sexual assault exams for adult and pediatric victims of sexual assault. Lori has also completed two forensic nursing courses and is a Certified Forensic Nurse. She has furthered her forensics training to include nurse death investigation from Houston, Texas, child abuse training, and has obtained her Bachelorís Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Crime Scene Investigations.




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.  


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.