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The day to day work of state level criminal justice reform is supported by committed individuals and organizations including lawyers, judges, advocates, formerly incarcerated individuals, policymakers (on both sides of the aisle), and even district attorneys and members of the law enforcement community. The State Criminal Justice Network (SCJN) is represented by just a few of these entities including representatives from NACDL state affiliates, affiliate lobbyists, public defenders, advocates and individuals, working to promote progressive criminal justice reform in their jurisdictions.
Through the SCJN, NACDL seeks to:
- Facilitate communication on substantive issues and advocacy strategies among legislative contacts across the country;
- Create national momentum and attention to high-priority criminal justice reform initiatives; and
- Provide resources and support to members, affiliate organizations and partners in the form of legislative action alerts, legislative tracking, model legislation, news updates, events, and more!
We encourage participants to fully engage in the listserve in order to receive the full benefits of its membership. Want to know what other state laws have been enacted? Post questions, share events and job opportunities, and gain valuable insight from fellow state criminal justice advocates. A newsletter is disseminated monthly to provide a snapshot of NACDL’s state criminal justice priorities.
To join the network, please send a message with your full contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted state legislative sessions across the country, with many states adjourning early, suspending sessions, and postponing sessions. Legislative agendas have been upended as focus sharply turns to the current public health emergency, although a limited number of states are continuing to move legislation and sign bills into law. For up-to-date information on each state, check out NCSL's interactive map, updated daily by 4pm.
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Looking Forward: Modern Strategies for Prosecution & Defense is three-part webinar series presented by NACDL and co-sponsored by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) on July 8th and 9th. Join defenders, prosecutors, and community stakeholders as they discuss the rising trend in “progressive prosecutors” - the changes to be implemented in prosecution, challenges and opportunities for defenders, and how community stakeholders can hold their elected officials accountable. Due to the critical importance of these issues to the criminal defense community, NACDL is presenting this webinar free of charge for both members and non-members. Click on the buttons below to register for each webinar.
Policing Black Bodies Part II: Race and Pretrial Practices: Join us on July 14th at 4pm EST for a second virtual discussion with sociologists Angela Hattery and Earl Smith, co-authors of Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change. Policing Black Bodies Part II will examine the connections between the United State's racial history and its current status as the world's leading jailer. Currently the United States incarcerates more people, per capita, than any other country. A prime driver of the nation's incarceration rates is the number of individuals being held awaiting trial. Disproportionately those detained pretrial are Black. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
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Pattern Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses: A Trial Strategy & Resource Guide
In a criminal trial, cross-examination of the prosecution’s forensic expert may make the difference between victory or defeat.
2020 Sample Motions Collection Update
NACDL’s 2020 Sample Motions Collection is the follow-up to our wildly popular 2019 Sample Motions Collection and contains the newest and most recent additions to our ever-expanding Sample Motions library.
State v. Stone - A Case Study on Child Sexual Molestation & Sexual Battery
The criminal defense attorney tasked with defending such a case has to be prepared to not only show reasonable doubt, but to answer this question: If it did not happen, how is it that the child believes it did happen?
POZNER ON CROSS: Advanced Cross of Experts & Officers in DUI Cases
It’s not your strong opening argument. It’s not how many of your impassioned objections the judge sustains. It’s not even how you tie your theory of the case together with a dazzling closing statement bow. What wins your trial is your cross.
NACDL Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference: Every year, NACDL brings together advocates from around the country for our annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference. This conference offers participants the opportunity to hear from experts on state criminal justice reform and the opportunity to network of like-minded advocates. The 2020 State Criminal Justice Network Conference will be a live virtual online event taking place on August 17-19. The conference will be free. Registration is required.
Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award: The NACDL Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award recognizes an individual or group whose exceptional efforts have led to positive changes to reform a state criminal justice system. The award is presented at the annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference. Nominations must be postmarked or emailed by Friday, June 5, 2020.
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Our 2019 award recipient is Jody Kent Lavy, Executive Director for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY). Under Jody's leadership, the CFSY has successfully passed legislation across the country banning life without parole sentences from being used on children. In the span of just a few years, they quadrupled the number of states that ban these harsh sentences. Today, 22 states and the District of Columbia have moved to ban juvenile life without parole.
SCJN National Advocacy Calls on Developing Legislaion: These 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.
SCJN Electronic Newsletter: This monthly newsletter features a snapshot of NACDL's state crminal justice priorities, as well as, recent internal and external criminal justice reports, information on upcoming events, webinars, current state legislative reform efforts, legislative tracking, action alerts and more!
State Legislative Tracking: View state criminal justice legislation in all 50 states and Washington, DC that NACDL is currently tracking!
NACDL's Legislative Action Center: Check out NACDL's Legislative Action Center to find and contact your legislators, take part in NACDL's advocacy campaigns, and sign-up for legislative alerts
NACDL's Advocacy Resource Center: Find advocacy tools, guides, and services to get in contact and build relationships with your elected officials.
NACDL State Advocacy Resources: See how NACDL can assist you in your legislative and advocacy efforts!
Reports: A compilation of reports which focus on state-level policies across the country.