Systems Builders

NAPD, through its Systems Builders Committee, works to strengthen the quality of public defense delivery systems throughout the country. The Systems Builders Committee is comprised of current and retired defender leaders, public defender board and/or commission members, and system advocates representing a range of experiences and perspectives on public defense issues. 
 
Our mission is to assist leaders who are building excellent, client-centered public defense programs, through training, consultation, collaboration, and on-site technical assistance.

You can see the following reports from the Systems Builders Committee below:

RPDO: Making a Difference in Texas (January 2017)
Louisiana's 16th JDC Public Defender's Office: Technical Assistance Report (July 2016) 

Members of the committee have provided intensive work in a number of jurisdictions, including several statewide systems and numerous county-based programs. Additionally, the Committee has developed a four-part webinar series oriented towards training boards and commissions. These webinars, scheduled between May-November 2016, are available in archive in MyGideon. The series includes the webinars:
 
The State of Indigent Defense
Using the American Bar Association's Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System to Build a Quality Public Defense Organization
Practical Pointers and Principles for Boards and Commissions 
Creating Statewide Minimum Standards for Indigent Defense 
 
Systems Builders recognizes the needs of an organization are often unique and varied depending on the design of the public defender delivery system as well as the constitution of its staff. As such, the Systems Builders Committee approach is to tailor its support to a wide range of audiences, including boards, commissions, defender offices, state defender associations, practicing lawyers, investigators, managers, leaders, community groups and funding authorities.
 
For more information on resources available from NAPD or to discuss the availability of in-person support, please contact William Ward, Chair of the Systems Builders Committee or Ernie Lewis, Executive Director of NAPD

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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.