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NACDL is committed to enhancing the capacity of the criminal defense bar to safeguard fundamental constitutional rights.
NACDL harnesses the unique perspectives of NACDL members to advocate for policy and practice improvements in the criminal legal system.
NACDL envisions a society where all individuals receive fair, rational, and humane treatment within the criminal legal system.
NACDL’s mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal legal system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level.
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This training program will aid those working to defend persons accused of homicide in drug-related overdose deaths. Each section of the program focuses on a different aspect of these cases. CLE is not available for this program.
NACDL worked with state partners to advance discovery reform legislation in New York.
See the various issues on which NACDL has conducted criminal justice advocacy in Louisiana. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see active legislation in Louisiana that NACDL is tracking.
NACDL supported efforts to abolish the death penalty in Washington.
NACDL supports abolition of the death penalty in Utah and all other states that continue to utilize it.
See the various issues on which NACDL has conducted criminal justice advocacy in South Carolina. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see active legislation in South Carolina that NACDL is tracking.
NACDL worked with state partners to advocate for expungement reform legislation in South Carolina.
NACDL worked with state partners to advance clean slate legislation in Pennsylvania.
NACDL successfully advocated for the passage of asset forfeiture reform legislation in Ohio.
See the various issues on which NACDL has conducted criminal justice advocacy in North Dakota. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see active legislation in North Dakota that NACDL is tracking.
NACDL supported asset forfeiture reform efforts in North Dakota.
New Yorkers United for Justice (NYUJ), of which NACDL is a member, worked with state partners to successfully advocate for public access to law enforcement disciplinary records.
NACDL continues to work with a broad coalition of organizations to combat misinformation and pushback to key bail reforms enacted in New York.
NACDL's 19th Annual State Criminal Justice Network Conference
August 17-19, 2020 | Held Virtually
Lessons Learned: Combatting Misinformation Around Bail Reform- Case Study on the New York Bail Reform Pushback
NACDL collaborated with the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NMCDLA) and other partners to successfully oppose legislation that would have expanded the scope of New Mexico’s “three strikes” law.