MyGideon Committee

The MyGideon Committee is in charge of developing a secure, hyper-practical, intuitively organized resource website for public defense professionals. MyGideon is for attorneys in the courtroom, social workers finding alternatives to prison, investigators in the field, IT staff keeping their offices ahead of the technological curve, budgeteers trying to make the numbers pencil out, policy leaders making change, and anyone else who is essential to the public defense movement. 

The goal is to gather together every resource for every public defense need

  • embedded within easy-to-use checklists
  • continuously curated for quality and recency; and
  • organized so that you can find the information you need within seconds.

This is a lofty goal, but it's possible if we can work together. If you'd like to contribute your time or your resources, or of you have a specific request of MyGideon, contact Amanda Alvarez Thibeault

The committee is chaired by Alex Bassos and Jeff Sherr.

Committee Members:


 


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.