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Reentry: The First 72 Hours+

When I was in prison I would always see the guys released come back, and I would ask them, "what happened?" They would always tell me that they didn't have any place to live at. I was in the same situation when I was finally released - homeless, with nothing but a $10 check. So a group of us came together to start The First 72+, because no one should be homeless when they leave prison.
When I was in prison I would always see the guys released come back, and I would ask them, "what happened?" They would always tell me that they didn't have any place to live at. I was in the same situation when I was finally released - homeless, with nothing but a $10 check. So a group of us came together to start The First 72+, because no one should be homeless when they leave prison.

What we have learned a long the way, both from our own experiences and the experiences of our clients and residents, is that there are a lot of barriers that stand in the way of people getting jobs and housing when they come home. Some of these issues demand that we change laws that allow employers and housing providers to discriminate against us on account of our prior convictions and prior arrests.

However, there are also some that just demand some foresight before we are shipped off from prisons.

One way that we can improve outcomes for guys is by resolving outstanding traffic tickets, municipal court attachments, and old warrants. When folks come home they often face hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in debt because they simply didn't hand in their license plates to their vehicles before they were sentenced. This is an easy problem to avoid if your attorney knows it is a problem you will face. We also have people returning to jail 2-3 times simply because an old warrant in criminal court or municipal court was not properly revoked.

Even one additional day in jail can derail everything you have done to rebuild your life.

We know there are major legal changes that need to happen to fully reintegrate formerly incarcerated people, but among all the problems we face when we come home, these are easy problems to address on the front end.

You can learn more about The First 72+ online 

 

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December 15, 2018: Registration is now open for NAPD's Spring Events:
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October 30, 2018: NAPD releases a video about its achievements over the 5 years since forming in November in 2013. This films was coordinated by NAPD Steering Committee Member and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and debuted at the Racial Justice Training and 5 Year Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland. You can watch the video HERE

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July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

You can watch a video about the event HERE 

Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. 
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January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE
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