Profile: prya.murad

Prya Murad is an Assistant Public Defender at the Office of the Public Defender, 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County, Florida. Prya has been a public defender since 2015 and has represented clients in misdemeanor and juvenile courts. Prya received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was a Philip H. Corboy Fellow in Trial Advocacy and Health Law Fellow. In law school, Prya interned at the Cook County Public Defender's Office where she was awarded the Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship and authored the office's felony law clerk training guide, the Federal Defender Program of the Northern District of Illinois, and the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. Prya earned her B.A. in Biology and Philosophy from Transylvania University where she was a William T. Young Scholar. Additionally, she received her M.Sc. in Biomedicine, Bioscience, and Society from the London School of Economics. Other than her wonderful job, Prya loves Aristotle, Beyoncé, and cheese.




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.