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Rob Smith is a Senior Fellow at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. He also serves as the Litigation Director for the 8th Amendment Project and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Before joining the CHHIRJ, he was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught criminal law and evidence. Smith earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Smith's scholarship has appeared in the New York University Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Washington Law Review, Alabama Law Review, Hastings Law Journal and Cardozo Law Review, among other journals, and in the online editions of the Michigan Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, and Harvard Law and Policy Review. His co-edited book, Implicit Bias Across the Law, was published in 2012 by Cambridge University Press. He has also published shorter works in The Guardian, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Salon, Slate and The Hill. His work has been cited by the United States Supreme Court, as well as in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper’s, Mother Jones, USA Today and the ABA Journal, among other outlets. At Miami Law he teaches The Death Penalty in Decline.

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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.