NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN), conference call series is entitled National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation (NACDL). The teleconferences feature an expert on an issue area and are designed to educate criminal defense lawyers and advocates across the country on a variety of criminal justice issues. Key to the calls is informing participants of any legislation or litigation pending that seeks progressive reform on the issue, and serves as a call to action for advocates interested in developing strategies for legislative reform or litigious efforts in their jurisdictions.
If you have ideas for future calls, please send an email to email@example.com.
On January 25, 2016, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in Montgomery v. Louisiana that Millerv. Alabama would apply retroactively. These two cases concern the unconstitutionality of juveniles being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Please join us on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. EST for an advocacy call discussing the decision and implications for state level advocacy. Our guests will be Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of the Juvenile Law Center and Jody Kent Lavy, Director and National Coordinator, Fair Sentencing of Youth. To RSVP for the call, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marsha Levick is the Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, and co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center. Throughout her legal career, Levick has been an advocate for children’s and women's rights and is a nationally recognized expert in juvenile law. Levick oversees Juvenile Law Center’s litigation and appellate docket. She has successfully litigated challenges to unlawful and harmful laws, policies and practices on behalf of children in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
Levick also spearheaded Juvenile Law Center’s litigation arising out of the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania juvenile court judges’ corruption scandal, known as the “kids for cash” scandal, where Juvenile Law Center successfully sought the expungement and vacatur of thousands of juveniles’ cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and is pursuing civil damages for the children and their families in a federal civil rights class action. Click here for more information about the Juvenile Law Center.
Jody Kent Lavy, is the director and national coordinator of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY). Jody leads the engagement of a broad coalition of national organizations opposed to the use of this extreme sentence. CFSY’s staff of 11 serves as a national leader and convener and provides strategic guidance on communications, litigation and advocacy to attorneys, advocates, directly impacted individuals and others working at the state and federal levels. Under Jody’s leadership, CFSY has also raised the visibility of people directly impacted by this issue and harnessed the energy of a growing number of policy makers, editorial boards and public opinion leaders. Click here for more information about CFSY.
06-18-15 Advocacy Call on the Treatment Industrial Complex
On Thursday June, 18 2015 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT, NACDL hosted a call featuring a discussion on the report Treatment Industrial Complex: How For-Profit Prison Corporations are Undermining Efforts to Treat and Rehabilitate Prisoners for Corporate Gain. The report examines the move of profit prison corporations in reentry, treatment, and alternatives to incarceration.
Speakers: Elizabeth Kelley, Defense Attorney and Chair, NACDL Mental Health and Membership Committees; Caroline Isaacs, Program Director at American Friends Service Committee, Arizona; Eshe Cole, Mental Health and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator at Grassroots Leadership; and Kathryn Hamoudah, Public Policy and Communications Manager at the Southern Center for Human Rights.
Learn more about NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network. Angelyn C. Frazer, Host. Doug Shaner, production supervisor. Music I Will! Rise Above (Jared C. Balogh) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. Running time: 52m 28s.
04/30/14 ~ Introduction of the Recording Interrogations Project
NACDL is proud to launch a comprehensive compendium of jurisdictions that record interrogations. The compendium was compiled by NACDL member Thomas Sullivan and partner with Jenner & Block. The site includes introductory remarks by Mr. Sullivan; the full compendium in PDF form; a state map that features the most up to date information on pending/enacted legislation and case law; a list of international jurisdictions that record; a bibliography of books and articles on recording interrogations; information on Federal agencies and more.
The link to the full compendium and resources is live and can be accessed here.
10/16/13 ~ Advocacy Call on Prison Rape Elimination Act
In 2003, The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in Congress with unanimous support from both parties. The act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.”
On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 12:00 pmNACDL hosted a call featuringPREA Commissioner Brenda V. Smith. who led us in a discussion on the 10th Anniversary of the passage of PREA and the role state advocates should take in ensuring the guidelines are adhered to in their respective jurisdictions. We apologize but audio is not available for this call. Please visit our resources page to find out more information about PREA.
End Silence: The Project on Addressing Prison Rape
The National PREA Resource Center
09/10/13 ~ Advocacy Call on Bail Reform
We celebrated Bail Reform Month with the Justice Policy Institute and the Pretrial Justice Institute. The presenters included Michael Jones, a senior project associate for PJI, and Spike Bradford, who serves as JPI's juvenile justice expert. Learn more about NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network. Angelyn C. Frazer, Host. Steven Logan, production supervisor. Music I Will! Rise Above (Jared C. Balogh) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. Running time: 54m 51s.
06/05/13 ~ Advocacy Call on Juvenile Life Without Parole
The National Advocacy Call on Developing Legislation in June featured a discussion on sentencing and re-sentencing Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) cases post Miller. Speakers included, LaShunda Hill, state strategist, and John Hardenberg, Litigation Specialist both with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Marc Bookman the Director of Atlantic Center for Capital Representation. Learn more about NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network. Angelyn C. Frazer, Host. Steven Logan, production supervisor. Music I Will! Rise Above (Jared C. Balogh) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. Running time: 54m 16s.
03/20/13 ~ Advocacy Call on the Use of Domestic Drones
March’s advocacy call focused on unmanned aircraft commonly known as drones, and feature a discussion of pending legislation across the country. The panel discussed jurisdictions that have sought licenses for using the aircraft and legislation pending in several states. Panelists included Mason Clutter, National Security and Privacy Counsel for NACDL, Steven R. Morrison, assistant professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law, and Christopher Calabrese, the legislative counsel for privacy-related issues in the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington Legislative Office (WLO). Please visit NACDL's Domestic Drones Information Center and view NACDL's Federal draft drones legislation for more information on the topic. Learn more about NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network. Angelyn C. Frazer, Host. Steven Logan, production supervisor. Music I Will! Rise Above (Jared C. Balogh) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. Running time: 38m 49s.
02/13/13 ~ Advocacy Call on Medical and Personal Use Marijuana
February's advocacy call was Wednesday February 13 at 12:00 p.m. EST and focused on legislation that passed around the country on medical and personal use marijuana. In particular the call focused on the state responses based on federal policies. Learn more about NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network. Angelyn C. Frazer, Host. Steven Logan, production supervisor. Music I Will! Rise Above (Jared C. Balogh) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. Running time: 53m 47s.
01/16/13 ~ Advocacy Call on the Death Penalty
The January advocacy call on Wednesday, 16, 2013 featured a discussion on the death penalty moratorium legislation pending in several states. Jeremy Schroeder, National Strategy Counsel with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty discussed efforts in Maryland, Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, and Montana to abolish the death penalty. For more information about NCADP please visit their website at www.ncadp.org.
09/19/12 ~ Advocacy Call on Bail Reform
This advocacy call featured a discussion on bail, for-profit bail bonding and legislation and advocacy efforts behind the issue. Presenters included Shima Baradaran. professor at BYU whose teaching and scholarship focuses on criminal law, criminal procedure, and international law, Professor Adele Bernhard, a member of NACDL's Pretrial Justice Task Force and its Problem-Solving Courts Task Force and Spike Bradford, Senior Research Associate at the Justice Policy Initiative.
09/12/12 ~ Advocacy Call on Prison-Based Gerrymandering
The First of two advocacy calls in September 2012 featured a discussion on prison-based gerrymandering. The presenters were Peter Wagner, Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative and Maryland Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk. Please visit www.prisonersofthecensus.org for more information about prison-based gerrymandering. The language for the model bill is available here. Resources from the call are available here, and reports and journal articles on the issue are available here.
07/10/12 ~ Advocacy Call on Discovery Reform
In 1963, the Supreme Court decision in Brady v. Maryland required prosecutors to provide evidence to the defense that could potentially save a client from a conviction and help discourage prosecutorial misconduct. More and more cases, however, are being overturned due to prosecutorial misconduct. Witness the case of Mr. Juan Smith of New Orleans whose life sentence was recently overturned by the Supreme Court, primarily due to the fact that his conviction was based solely on eyewitness testimony. Another case in Texas was overturned after DNA evidence cleared Michael Morton, who spent 25 years in prison after being convicted of killing his wife. In Mr. Morton’s case, the prosecutor withheld evidence from the defense that would have in essence led them to another perpetrator.
Attorneys Ellen Yaroshefsky, (NY); Ian Friedman, (OH); and Brad Bannon (NC), presented on the January’s National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation (NACDL) for a discussion about discovery reform efforts around the country. Please see documents referenced in the call, as well as NACDL’s proposal on discovery reform.
NACDL will be working on this issue extensively, so if you are interested in discovery reform in your jurisdiction please contact Angelyn for additional information on how to get involved at email@example.com or (202) 465-7642.
11/16/11 ~ Advocacy Call on the States' Budget Crisis
This month the advocacy call featured Lori Albin, Director of National Juvenile Justice Network's Fiscal Policy Center. The call was designed to provide advocates with an understanding of state budget processes.
09/21/11 ~ Advocacy Call on Private Prisons
NACDL's State Criminal Justice Nework resumed the National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation with a conversation focused on the Justice Policy Institute's recent report, Gaming the System: How the Political Strategies of Private Prison Companies Promote Ineffective Incarceration Policies. Gaming the System explores how private prison companies may try
to present themselves as just meeting existing demand for prison beds
and responding to current market conditions, but they have in fact
worked over the past decade to create markets for their product. As
revenues of private prison companies have grown over the past decade,
the companies have had more resources with which to build political
power, and they have used this power to promote policies that lead to
higher rates of incarceration.
Advocacy Call Overview
Intro to NACDL's National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation
NACDL’s State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN), has initiated a conference call series entitled National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislation (NACDL). The teleconferences generally feature an expert on an issue area and are designed to inform criminal defense lawyers and advocates across the country on a variety of criminal justice issues. Key to the calls is informing participants of any legislation or litigation pending that seeks progressive reform on the issue, and serves as a call to action for advocates interested in developing strategies for legislative reform or litigious efforts in their jurisdictions. Learn more about NACDL's State Criminal Justice Network. Angelyn C. Frazer, Host. Steven Logan, production supervisor. Music I Will! Rise Above (Jared C. Balogh) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. Running time: 9m 46s.