Profile: josh.perry

Josh Perry is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, a nonprofit law center that defends the right of Louisiana's children to fairness, dignity, and opportunity. LCCR's Children's Defense Team, which serves as the juvenile public defender's office in New Orleans, is a 2013 winner of the National Juvenile Defender Center's award for excellence in juvenile defense. Before joining LCCR, Josh was General Counsel and Counsel for Special Litigation at the Orleans Public Defenders, where his work was supported by a Soros U.S. Justice Fellowship. Josh is a member of the Children's Code Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute and a frequent trainer, teacher, and presenter on juvenile justice and criminal law topics. He graduated from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, and from Harvard College. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, Anna VanCleave, and their daughters Miriam and Alexandra.




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.