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April 2019 , Page 09 

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NACDL News: NACDL Board Adopts Policy Resolutions at Midwinter Meeting in Phoenix

By Ivan J. Dominguez and Ian Nawalinski

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The NACDL Board of Directors adopted two policy resolutions on Feb. 16, 2019, at the organization’s Midwinter Meeting & Seminar in Phoenix, Arizona. The first policy resolution calls for the immediate implementation of the First Step Act of 2018. That resolution urges legislation to retroactively apply certain sentencing reform provisions of the Act or, alternatively, urges the Executive Branch to systematically consider sentencing commutation for incarcerated individuals whose sentences could have been lower if sentenced under the provisions of the First Step Act. The second policy resolution adopted by the board was proposed by NACDL’s Task Force on Defenses, chaired by NACDL President-Elect Nina Ginsberg. That resolution concerns NACDL’s opposition to categorical legislative prohibitions of defenses in criminal cases.

The full text of both resolutions is available at www.nacdl.org/resolutions. 

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