Funding

The National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) is supported almost exclusively by membership dues. Annual membership costs $25 for individuals, and $20 for individuals joining with their entire organization. These dues support three part-time staff members, expenses for printing and postage, limited travel, book-keeping services, and modest technology improvements. NAPD is a virtual organization and spends no funds on office space, utilities, equipment, phone and internet, or other “brick and mortar” expenses.

All substantive work of NAPD – thousands of hours – is undertaken by NAPD members, virtually all of whom are public defense providers in justice systems throughout the country.

In 2014, NAPD received one-time funds from the Open Society Foundation to support scholarships for twenty-two defender leaders to attend the Workload Leadership Institute in Lexington, KY.  In 2014, NAPD also received one-time funds from the Society of Counsel representing Accused Persons in Seattle, WA. These funds are used to support the technological needs of NAPD. The platform that supports MyGideon is made available to us through a partnership, and is funded by Atlantic Philathropies. These funds were exhausted in 2016.

NAPD thanks Dean Andrea Lyon and Events & Continuing Legal Education Manager Lorrie Hodge among others at Valparaiso Law School for support and logistical assistance for the 2015 and 2016 Leadership Institutes, and looks forward to the 2017 Institute, which is being hosted at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.

Beginning in 2016, NAPD began to recieves funds from the Office of Justice Programs at American University to defray travel costs for on site technical assistance coordinated through the NAPD Systems Builders Committee.

In 2016, NAPD received funds for administering a grant from the John & Laura Arnold Foundation that supports workloads advocacy in Louisiana. This grant will run through 2017.

In 2016, NAPD receibved funds through its successful application to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (within the U.S. Department of Justice). This application was made in concert with the Urban Institute and the Indigent Defense Research Association. It will run through 2017.

NAPD is a 501(c)6 organization, as approved by the Internal Revenue Service. NAPD sincerely thanks its members, donors, institutional funders, and collaborating partners.


NAPD News

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.