NACDL Report - Mail Cover Surveillance: Problems and Recommendations
On April 19, 2015, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) adopted an important new report, Mail Cover Surveillance: Problems and Recommendations, that evaluates the current state of mass United States Postal Service surveillance and information sharing and makes important recommendations for reform.
Grand Jury Webinar
The grand jury has long drawn criticism for failing to serve its purpose as a shield against unwarranted charges. Recently a new charge has been leveled: that prosecutorial influence over the grand jury permits law enforcement misconduct to go unpunished. NACDL hosted a webinar on Tuesday, March 31, entitled Reexamining the Grand Jury: Prosecutors, Police and Race. The first panel covered Due Process & the Grand Jury: Protecting Targets and Witnesses, and the second panel was on Equal Justice & the Grand Jury: Achieving Racial Fairness. The webcast is available here and the conclusion is available here.
NACDL Office Closure
The NACDL office will be closed on Friday May 22nd and Monday May 25th and will reopen Tuesday May 26th at 9:00am. Click below for assistance while we're out.
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Support the most important work taking place in criminal justice reform with a gift to the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ). This is an important time for supporters of criminal justice reform. The nation's criminal defense bar is launching watershed projects that will set the agenda for years on issues including Brady disclosure, access to effective counsel, collateral consequences of conviction, and protecting the Fourth Amendment in the digital era. The FCJ is supporting vitally important projects that will make lasting improvements to the criminal justice system.
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Report on Disclosure in Criminal Cases Released
On November 17, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, NACDL officially released its latest report, Material Indifference: How Courts Are Impeding Fair Disclosure in Criminal Cases, a major study produced jointly with the VERITAS Initiative at Santa Clara Law School. Complete copies of the report, executive summary, and fact sheet are available at www.nacdl.org/discoveryreform/materialindifference. C-SPAN3's video coverage of the launch event is available here.
NACDL Offers New Scholarship Funding to Indigent Defense Providers
NACDL is pleased to announce a new program of scholarship assistance for indigent defense providers. The scholarships will foster access for both public and private defenders of the indigent accused to outstanding criminal defense training programs nationwide. The scholarships, which are supported by various grants, will be awarded in the form of full or partial reimbursement of the registration costs of the excellent training programs offered by NACDL and other organizations. Limited travel reimbursement stipends may also be awarded.
Under Siege: Free Webinar on Race & Militarization
The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have brought the issue of police militarization front and center, but lurking beneath the surface are a plethora of equally polarizing issues including racism, implicit bias, disparate sentencing policies, and the over-policing of minority and poor communities. On October 16, 2014, NACDL hosted a webinar entitled Under Siege: The Defense Bar Examines Police Militarization, Ethnic & Racial Dynamics of Sentencing, and Their Impact on Criminal Justice Outcomes. Video of the panels is now available online.