Engage

NAPD’s organizational model is unique, but consonant with public defense culture – inexpensive, virtual, specifically relevant, available on a deadline, and focused exclusively on public defense issues. Instead of depending on staff to deliver a product to the field, NAPD employs a resource-sharing model, making it possible for any member to write, train, request, converse, upload, download, and weigh in on issues where they are experts or need expert help. 
 
There are many opportunities to benefit or contribute as an engaged member of NAPD.

To write a post for the NAPD blog (which posts on our website and through our significant social media community), email your content to Heather H. Hall. Blogs can be on any topic you choose, about an experience, a public defense program, an injustice, a colleague, or anything else. 

To request a webinar on a certain topic, email Ed Monahan, Chair of the NAPD Education Committee. If you have faculty recommendations, be sure to include them. 

To offer a webinar for NAPD’s members, email Jeff Sherr, who moderates and provides technical support for all NAPD webinars. This can be on a topic that you have trained locally or a new topic – take it to a national audience. 

To join a listserv, we have a number of options – some moderated, some not. Some for certain profession types, some for advocates in leadership positions, some for folks who want to take a role in guiding NAPD’s path. Email Heather H. Hall 

Follow us on FaceBook or Twitter. Encourage your friends and family to do so too! 

To participate in a Committee, email Ernie Lewis. Many NAPD Committees have open membership. If you are interested in supporting education, providing fines and fees advocacy, ending excessive workloads, improving juvenile defense or creating more IT capacity in the defender community, we’d love the help! 

To contribute to MyGideon, NAPD’s Public Defense Website, email Amanda Alvarez Thibeault. MyGideon is the heart of NAPD – an archive of resources, a network of colleagues, thousands of pages of consolidated defender knowledge! Do you need something that isn’t there? Or do you have something that others could use? Be in touch! 


NAPD News

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.