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Inside NACDL: Will a Summer of Unease Halt the Momentum for Criminal Justice Reform?

By Norman L. Reimer

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Editor’s Note: This month’s “Inside NACDL” column is a condensed version of a segment of the report Norman L. Reimer submitted to the NACDL Board of Directors for the organization’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

This summer brought a series of unnerving developments both in the United States and abroad. Not since the events of 9/11 has the country’s sense of well-being been as undermined as it has been in recent months. Those of us who have devoted our careers to criminal defense have long known and recognized the pervasive racial and ethnic disparity that afflicts our criminal justice system. The consequences of aggressive policing, and acts of disrespect toward people of color are a staple of every criminal defense lawyer’s practice, and have been for decades. Similarly, precipitate, unnecessary, and disparate use of force against people of color has long occurred with mind-numbing regularity and, all too often with impunity. Yet nothing has produced the necessary

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