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Jill Paperno is the second assistant public defender for the Monroe County Public Defender's Office in Rochester, New York. She has represented indigent defendants with the Public Defender's Office for twenty-seven years, handling primarily violent felonies and drug offenses. She has tried many cases over the years, including sex offenses and homicides. Ms. Paperno has trained and supervised staff attorneys for seventeen years, and assisted in developing the training program for her office. She is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education events, lecturing on topics ranging from "The Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Defense" to "Strategies for Cross-Examining the Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome Expert." She is a contributor to the New York Criminal Defense Blog at newyorkcriminaldefense.blogspot.com. In 2010 Ms. Paperno was awarded the Monroe County Public Defender's Office Jeffrey A. Jacobs award for outstanding trial work. In 2011 she was named a Rochester Daily Record Leader in Law and awarded the Daily Record Nathaniel Award. In 2012 her book, "Representing the Accused - A Practical Guide to Criminal Defense" was published.

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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.