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    News Release ~ 04/28/2023

    NACDL Commends President Biden’s Commutations, Calls for Further Action – Washington, DC (April 28, 2023) – On April 28, President Biden commuted the sentences of 31 individuals convicted of drug offenses, including several for marijuana distribution, announcing the reprieve as part of a broader effort to help those who have completed federal sentences reenter society. The commutations leave their convictions in place but reduce or excuse any remaining sentences. 

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    News Release ~ 04/11/2023

    NACDL Remembers Past President Gerald S. Gold  Washington, DC (April 11, 2023) – Cleveland, Ohio attorney, member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and Past President (1977-1978) Gerald S. Gold passed away on April 3, 2023 at the age of 92. Gold was a passionate and active member of NACDL, especially during his tenure as President. His dedication to criminal defense and the mission of NACDL will be sorely missed.

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    News Release ~ 02/22/2023

    New Plea Bargain Task Force Report Highlights the Trial Penalty, Calls for Transparency – Washington, DC (Feb. 22, 2023) – NACDL applauds the release of a new report from the Plea Bargaining Task Force, a group convened by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association.* The task force closely examines the role of plea bargaining in our criminal legal system and provides policy recommendations and goals for changes in the way plea bargaining operates.

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    News Release ~ 10/06/2022

    NACDL Applauds Historic Presidential Pardons to Address Failed War on Drugs – Washington, DC (Oct. 6, 2022) – President Biden made an unprecedented announcement on October 6, 2022, in response to the years of failed legislation and politics that have incarcerated thousands of people for simple, non-violent drug offenses. President Biden will be pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana, a bold move which will provide relief to thousands of people with simple drug convictions.

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    News Release ~ 10/14/2022

    Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Proposes Solutions to Racial Bias and Wrongful Convictions Due to Illegal Use of Incarcerated Informants – Washington, DC (Oct. 14, 2022) – On October 13, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division announced their findings from a six-year investigation into Orange County, CA prosecutor and law enforcement use of jailhouse informants. In a report, the DOJ outlined how Orange County prosecutors and Sheriff deputies ran a covert program to track and incentivize custodial informants used to obtain incriminating statements from individuals arrested and charged...