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Profile: sarah.turberville

Sarah E. Turberville is Senior Counsel of the Criminal Justice Program at The Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. In this position, Sarah coordinates the organization’s public education and advocacy efforts with respect to a variety of matters relating to the criminal justice system - such as indigent defense, the death penalty, habeas corpus in state criminal cases, wrongful convictions, and sentencing. Previously, Sarah worked for over five years as the Director of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Process Review Project and has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland, teaching a course on the death penalty. She previously worked as an assistant public defender for the State of Maryland, representing indigent defendants at trial and on special dockets for clients raising issues of competency to stand trial and lack of criminal responsibility. Sarah represented individuals wrongfully incarcerated during and after Hurricane Katrina and she also served as a law clerk to the defense bar in the Hague, assisting in the representation of members of the Kosova Liberation Army before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Sarah is a graduate of Tulane Law School and is a member of the Maryland Bar.

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January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE
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January 17, 2018: The 2018 NAPD Investigators Conference and 2018 Social Workers & Sentencing Advocates Institute (March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, CO) are now at full capacity and closed for registration. A wait list is being developed.
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November 28, 2017: NAPD has uploaded videos of the presentations from the 2017 NAPD Workloads Conference in St. Louis (held November 17-18). Members can access these valuable presentations on MyGideon by logging into their NAPD account.
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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 Principles, which are recommended to NAPD members and other persons and organizations interested in advancing the cause of equal justice for accused persons.