Profile: mark.hosken

Mark D. Hosken is the Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Western District of New York in the Rochester, NY office. Mark has served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender since 1996. Prior to that he practiced public defense for the Legal Aid Bureau in Buffalo, the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, and the Genesee County Public Defender’s Office. Mark is a member of NACDL, NAPD, NYSDA, the Monroe County Bar Association and a board member of NYSACDL. He is a graduate of Buffalo State College, Western New England College School of Law, and the National Criminal Defense College.

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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 

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.