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Police misconduct is a persistent and corrosive problem in the United States. Officers violate communities repeatedly and with impunity. On the rare occasion officers are fired for misconduct, twenty percent are rehired by another agency in the same state within three years.
The extent of the problem is unknown, since departments can shield access to their data, making it impossible to evaluate their current accountability mechanisms. The public is limited or prevented from accessing police disciplinary files in 36 states. Even the most serious types of misconduct, like police killings, have been shown to be underreported by over 50%.
The Full Disclosure Project is changing this. By helping the public track misconduct from a multitude of sources, we prevent further harms in the courtroom and inject accountability to the system.
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We build open-source technology to track police misconduct. Our products aggregate and analyze data from alternative sources - like civil rights lawsuits, news articles, and community members - to fill critical gaps in official data sets.
We empower local actors with our technology and training to defend their community against police abuse because change happens at the local level.
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Cross-Examination Trial Pack
NACDL’s new Cross-Examination Trial Pack includes three of our best-selling Cross-Examination resources: “Damage Control: Situational Cross-Examination Techniques Trial Guide”, "Ultimate Cross 2.0: Audio Recordings & Written Materials" and "Sample Cross-Examination Questions."
This masterful collection of cross-examination resources provide countless tips, techniques and strategies for a variety of criminal case-specific scenarios. Learn to cross-examine a variety of trial witnesses!
Death Investigation: Forensic Pathology in the Courtroom and Cause & Manner of Death (2022)
This unique program provides criminal defense lawyers with an accurate and clear overview of forensic pathology and the countless factors to consider in a death investigation and will methodically explain what happens during an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.
You'll uncover the different types of medicolegal death investigations, what to request from your MDI expert, quality benchmarks for accreditation and certification, guidelines and standards, common terminology and frequently asked questions.
The Psychology of Persuasion & Storytelling for Criminal Defense Lawyers
This Trial Resource Guide is a masterful collection of practical tips, techniques and strategies focused solely on using the arts and sciences of persuasion to improve your storytelling skills at trial.
You'll learn how to master the ability to communicate with juries, deliver powerful openings and closings, perform convincing cross-examinations, use effective courtroom choreography and non-verbal communication, identify and develop the optimal theme and theory for your case, and offer compelling arguments during mitigation and sentencing.
Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases (2022)
Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be daunting — but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.
Every year, NACDL identifies the hottest topics and most pressing issues when defending these cases, and brings-in nationally-renowned lawyers and experts to help you prepare for battle. This year’s 13th Annual Defending Sex Cases training program is our best yet; packed with topics and speakers you won’t want to miss!
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- Rappaport, Ben Grunwald & John. “The Wandering Officer.” 129 Yale L. J. 1676 (Apr. 2020) www.yalelawjournal.org/article/the-wandering-officer. [^^]
- Cox, Kallie, and William Freivogel. “Police Misconduct Records Secret, Difficult to Access.” AP News, 12 May 2021, apnews.com/article/us-news-police-reform-police-government-and-politics-fa6cbd7e017b85aa715e23465a90abbe. [^^]
- The Lancet, 2021. Fatal police violence by race and state in the USA, 1980–2019: a network meta-regression. 398(10307), pp.1239-1255 [^^]