Profile: franklin.cruz

Franklin Cruz is Chief Operating Officer and Program Director at JMI, where he has been responsible for training and technical assistance since 2011. In 2013, Franklin assumed responsibility for coordinating the Resource Center Partnership, the latest expansion of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative. More recently, JMI, with Franklin as a key team member, has also been involved in the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge focused on reducing the overreliance on jails and the racial and ethnic disparities in the adult criminal justice system. His other projects include business process analysis of county criminal and juvenile justice systems, promoting evidence-based interventions for drug-involved defendants and offenders, and an implementation evaluation of the expansion of the public defender office in Massachusetts. Franklin previously served as Chief Operating Officer at The Bronx Defenders, a nationally-recognized public defender office in New York City. In addition to his decade at The Bronx Defenders, Franklin has worked in the education sector, most recently as Professional Services Director at Teachscape, a professional development company for K-12 educators and instructional leaders. Franklin received his B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.




On December 28, 2016, NAPD published its Open Letter to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his prosecution of Orleans Public Defender investigator Taryn Blume. A bedrock principle of our criminal justice system is that every citizen accused by the government of a crime starts with the benefit of the doubt – with a presumption that they are in fact innocent.  That right becomes meaningless if we do not uphold the equally important right of every citizen-accused defense team who fights for her cause; who digs for evidence of her innocence; who exposes the government when it hides that evidence.  The legitimacy of our criminal justice system depends upon defense lawyers and defense investigators doing their jobs, and doing them well, without fear of reprisal from a prosecutor acting more like a bully than the champion of truth and justice he is supposed to be.


Last Chance to Register! The NAPD Executive Leadership Institute (ELI-2017) is almost full will will be held from 3:00 pm on April 2 through 11:45 am on April 5, 2017 at the Department of Public Advocacy training facility in Frankfort, KY. You can see more information and registration details HERE