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Jeff Sherr is the Manager of the Education and Strategic Planning Branch of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. Jeff has been with the DPA since 1994, starting first as a law clerk, then working with the Juvenile Post Dispositional Unit, then in the trial division with the Stanford Field Office, and now in Frankfort with the education staff. Jeff graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1995. Jeff is a faculty member for Gideon's Promise, the National Criminal Defense College, Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College, and other state litigation institutes. In addition to regularly training public defender litigators and trainers, Jeff has trained public defender leaders for nationally and for many individual defender states and offices. Jeff is the host of The National Association for Public Defense webinars producing over 40 sessions a years since 2013. He is the editor of the DPA’s online journal, The Advocate, The National Association for Public Defense Blog, and The Small Group Coaching Handbook: Tips and Techniques for Criminal Defense Education. Jeff also has an extensive background in theatre having studied with the National Shakespeare Conservatory and the University of Kansas.

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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.