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Issac Merkle is the Director of Information Technology at Knoxville's Community Law Office, where he's been employed since 1996. His responsibilities range from information modeling, software development, and statistical analysis to graphic design, crime scene documentation, and desktop support. He has developed several solutions to aid attorneys in collaboration, large case preparation, and presentation. He has presented his work to the Tennessee Public Defenders Conference, Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the US DOJ's Office of Justice Programs. He leads "mad science" workshops as part of the CLO's "The Zone" youth program. He currently serves as Creative Director of Knox Makers, a hackerspace in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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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.