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Beginning November 30, 2016, Chantá Parker will be the Special Counsel for New Initiatives at the Innocence Project where she will lead the development of strategies to use the unique lens of innocence to address three problems: racial bias in the criminal justice system; the growing crisis in indigent defense and how this inflated system forces even the innocent to plead guilty to misdemeanors. Chantá leaves her assignment as a Supervising Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice of the Legal Aid Society. Previously, Chantá was a staff attorney with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the Orleans Public Defenders. Chantá is a graduate of Spelman College and the New York University School of Law. Currently, Chantá serves on the board of the Law Alumni of Color Association of the NYU School of Law and will join the board of the Essie Justice Group in January 2017. Chantá also serves as a trainer with Gideon’s Promise. Chantá uses music to sooth her soul and energize her body for the journey.

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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.