Position Papers & Statements

NAPD has published the following Position Papers & Statements:

Letter to the Biden Administration Urging Expansion of 'Access to Justice' Inititiatives on September 1, 2021

Press Release: NAPD Newly Appointed Executive Director Lori James Townes on May 19, 2021

NAPD Statement on Ongoing Police Violence Against BIPOC on April 21, 2021

NAPD Statement on Asian-American Violence on March 27, 2021

NAPD Letter to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission on March 25, 2021

NAPD Ten Principles for Creating Sustainability in Public Defense on March 7, 2021

NAPD Recommendations for the Biden Administration Transition Team on November 11, 2020

NAPD Policy Statement on Proper Professional Space, Equipment, Confidential Communications with Clients, Supporting Services for Public Defense on October 15, 2020

NAPD Policy on Active Supervision of the Representation of Clients on October 15, 2020

NAPD Statement in Response to the Shooting of Jacob Blake on August 26, 2020

NAPD Statement on the Issues with the Use of Virtual Court Technology on June 18, 2020

Black Lives Matter: NAPD's Commitment to Transformational Change on June 9 2020

NAPD Statement on Public Defense Staffing on May 28, 2020
NAPD Blog Post Announcing Release of New Staffing Policy (May 28, 2020)

NAPD Statement on Independence of Public Defense Leaders and Programs on May 27, 2020
NAPD Call to Action (Press Release) on Independence Statement  on May 27, 2020

An Open Letter to America: Public Defenders Justice Systems' First Responders (May 7, 2020)

Joint Statement in Support of the Use of Pretrial Risk Assessments: Updated on March 2019

NAPD Letter to OSAC Regarding Forensic Science Standards on October 26, 2017 

NAPD Position Paper on Qualifications of those Selecting Public Defense Leadership on September 21, 2017

NAPD Public Comment to DOJ re Forensic Science on May 30, 2017

Joint Statement in Support of the Use of Pretrial Risk Assessments on May 10, 2017

NAPD Foundational Principles on March 18, 2017

NAPD Statement on November 27, 2016

NAPD Statement on Judicial Independence (June 2016)

Policy Statement on the Predatory Collection of Costs, Fines and Fees in America's Criminal Courts (May 2016)

Workloads Policy Statement (March 2016)

NAPD Statement on Michael Brown and Eric Garner (December 2014)