Profile: tina.olson

Tina Olson is the Chief Appellate Counsel for the Wyoming State Public Defenderís Office, and has been a full-time Public Defender since 1999. As Chief Appellate Counsel, she is responsible for the appeal of criminal convictions to the Wyoming Supreme Court on behalf of indigent defendants. Additionally, she has served as state post-conviction counsel for the Public Defenderís Office. She has a degree in political science from Michigan State University, and received her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. She has practiced law in Texas, Colorado and Wyoming. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee.

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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.