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April 17, 2014; Vol. 2 No. 2

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NACDL’s 13th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference
Co-Sponsored by ACLU of Pennsylvania
Life, Liberty and Justice: Seizing the Moment to Advance our Constitutional Rights
For more information click here for the Save the Date or visit www.nacdl.org/scjn.

NACDL invites nominations to the 2014 Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award
The 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 will be presented on Thursday July 31, 2014 at the State Criminal Justice Network Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 6, 2014. For award criteria click here.

Recording Interrogations Project Launch

NACDL is proud to launch a comprehensive compendium of jurisdictions that record interrogations. The compendium was compiled by NACDL member Thomas Sullivan and partner with Jenner & Block. The site includes introductory remarks by Mr. Sullivan; the full compendium in PDF form; a state map that features the most up to date information on pending/enacted legislation and case law; a list of international jurisdictions that record; a bibliography of books and articles on recording interrogations; information on Federal agencies and more.

Please join us as Mr. Sullivan discusses the resource on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Please RSVP to scjn@nacdl.org.

The link to the full compendium and resources is live and can be accessed here

NACDL Witness Fund
As some of you wind down your legislative sessions, this is a reminder of NACDL’s Witness Fund. The funds are available to affiliate members who seek to bring in a witness to testify at a legislative hearing or commission meeting.  Funds are limited and require an application that can be requested from Angelyn C. Frazer, at afrazer@nacdl.org.
NACDL Hosts Gideon’s Army

NACDL, along with OSI and ACS will host a screening of Gideon’s Army at NACDL offices located at 1660 L Street, NW 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036  on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm. Snacks will be served. RSVP at http://gideonsarmy1.eventbrite.com.

Gideon’s Army follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point.  

Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality? 

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