Media Pieces

NAPD submitted or supported the following published media pieces:

October 12, 2016: Article "Missouri Sets Execution Date" by Jim Suhr, ABC News 

September 7, 2016: Article "The Human Toll of America's Public Defender Crisis" by Oliver Laughland, The Gaurdian and The Marshall Project

September 5, 2016: Article "The Problem with Double Jeopardy" by Garrett Epps, The Atlantic

August 19, 2016: Christeson v. Roper Amicus Filing Press Release

July 21, 2016: NAPD Letter to the Editor by Stephen F. Hanlon, General Counsel and Mark Stephens, Steering Committee ChairLitigation Journal, Fall 2016

April 25, 2016: Op-Ed "Expanding the Role of Public Defenders" by Ernie Lewis and Alex Bassos (with support from AU) in the Huffington Post

March 6, 2016: NAPD 2016 Managers' & Supervisors' Leadership Institute Press Release

May 13, 2015: Fines and Fees Press Release and Fines and Fees Press Release with Pretrial Justice Institute

January 21, 2015: 
Reviled Clients and our Constitution by Tim Young and Sarah E. Tuberville in the Denver Post
The State of Colorado vs. James Holmes: Why the death penalty? by Xavier Amador in the Huffington Post

November 6, 2014: Article "Debtor's Prisons Entrench Proverty" by Janene McCabe in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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.