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Enlightened advocacy is the unifying thread of what the Foundation for Criminal Justice does. It includes advocacy for the individual and advocacy for reform.
Panel from the 2020 Presidential Summit and Sentencing Symposium, co-hosted with the Georgetown University Law Center American Criminal Law Review
Letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies regarding the DOJ proposal to close the Office for Access to Justice (February 2018).
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.
Angelyn C. Frazer on state criminal justice reform efforts.