July/August 2011

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Articles in this Issue

  1. ABA Honors Krieger for Exceptional Service

    Several members of NACDL met in Miami in April to help the American Bar Association honor NACDL Past President Albert J. Krieger for his years of service as NACDL liaison on the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section.

  2. Addressing the Collateral Consequences of Convictions for Young Offenders

    People exiting the custody of the criminal justice system encounter substantial challenges in gaining employment, finding housing, and accessing medical and mental health care. This article explores areas in need of attention and reform so that young people who have been adjudicated delinquent or convicted of a crime are not punished subsequently by other systems they encounter.

  3. Affiliate News

    Affiliate News July-August 2011

  4. An Appeal to Join the Civilized World

    The United States has over 2,500 youth offenders serving life in prison without the possibility of parole. The rest of the world has zero.

  5. Book Reviews: Eye of the Hurricane: My Path From Darkness To Freedom

    Eye of the Hurricane: My Path From Darkness To Freedom reviewed for The Champion July-August 2011.

  6. Book Reviews: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness reviewed for The Champion July-August 2011.

  7. Driving Under the Influence of Diabetes?

    Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not properly produce or use insulin, one of the primary hormones that regulate blood sugar levels. When it comes to driving under the influence, diabetics may have complications not present in other clients.

  8. Gang Databases: Labeled for Life

    Last summer, NACDL members completed a survey on the impact of allegations of gang affiliation on bail decisions and pretrial detention. The survey was inspired by a case in which a 16-year-old — considered an adult in the New York criminal justice system — was jailed on a first-arrest misdemeanor charge when a prosecutor requested high bail at arraignment, alleging that the youth was in the gang database.

  9. Inside NACDL: Turner v. Rogers and the Ghost Of Gagnon v. Scarpelli

    Supreme Court Declines to Require the Appointment Of Counsel for Civil Litigants Facing Incarceration 

  10. Juvenile Justice

    During the next 18 months, the work of NACDL’s Juvenile Justice Committee will focus on the landmark decision in Graham v. Florida, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that adolescents who commit non-homicide offenses cannot receive life without the possibility of parole (LWOP), and must be given a meaningful opportunity for release.

  11. Juvenile Life Without Parole

    Of the 2,500 people in the United States who have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for crimes committed before they were 18, two-thirds of them are concentrated in just five states — Pennsylvania, Michigan, Louisiana, California, and Florida. There are thousands more children across the country sentenced to “virtual life” sentences of 60, 70, 80, or 100 or more years.

  12. Law Student Essay Competition: Increasing Diversity in The Legal Profession

    The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers invited law students interested in criminal defense from accredited law schools in the United States to submit essays for a chance to be published in The Champion magazine.

  13. NACDL and NLADA Host Convening on Padilla

    NACDL News July/August 2011.

  14. No Apologies Necessary (From the President)

    We are frequently placed in a defensive posture, when most of the time we have done nothing more than be an aggressive advocate for our clients consistent with the rules and the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. So, why is it we find ourselves in the position of being conciliatory, apologetic, and beaten down?

  15. Reflections on a Year of Service

    Though it passed quickly and with more intensity than I could have anticipated, my year as president of NACDL was one of the most rewarding professional experiences imaginable.

  16. The Case for Reauthorization of The Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention Act

    First enacted in 1974, the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) embodies the federal government’s best efforts to improve juvenile justice systems at the state and local levels.