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Lane Borg is the Executive Director of Metropolitan Public Defenders in Portland, Oregon. He returned to his roots in 2008 at MPD after twenty years away in private practice and employed by the courts. He served on the OSB Ethics Committees, Bar Discipline Board, and Unlawful Practice of Law Committee. Currently, Lane is a member of the State of Oregon Drug and Alcohol Policy Commission and the State of Oregon Public Safety Task Force. Lane is an Adjunct Professor at L&C Law School teaching Trial Practice for 16 years and Ethics for the last seven years. Lane has been President of Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

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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.