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Stephen spent the past decade creating and directing the Innocence Project’s Policy Department. While there, he developed a partnership on state and federal advocacy efforts between the Innocence Project and national Innocence Network called the Innocence Policy Network. By communicating with government officials, partnering with stakeholders, advocating in legislatures, advancing litigation strategies, and educating the media and the public about needed reforms, the Innocence Project and Innocence Network member organizations enacted over 100 reforms in states across the nation, as well as federal reforms and program funding. Stephen first pursued nationwide criminal justice reform goals when he launched the State Legislative Network for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Stephen had previously been a Regulatory Affairs Consultant for Public Citizen in Washington, D.C., and Executive Director of the nascent Criminal Justice Policy Coalition in Boston. The latter was housed within the offices of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, where he also served as an Intake Attorney. Stephen’s first professional advocacy work came as a contract lobbyist for Betty Gallo & Co., where he represented progressive organizations ranging from the Connecticut AIDS Action Council to the American School for the Deaf, Legal Services of Connecticut and many more before the Connecticut Legislature. While lobbying in Connecticut, Stephen also earned his law degree at The University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

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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.