Position Papers & Statements


NAPD has published the following Position Papers & Statements:

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 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)