Challenging Government Hacking in Criminal Cases

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The ACLU, with contributions by NACDL and EFF, published a guide for defense attorneys to challenge evidence seized by government-installed computer malware. The report assesses recent court decisions evaluating the government’s use of the controversial hacking technique and makes recommendations for the most promising avenues to have evidence suppressed.

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Policing Body Cameras: Policies and Procedures to Safeguard the Rights of the Accused

In response to a series of high-profile police killings of unarmed people of color, law enforcement agencies across the country began adopting body cameras as a solution to requests for more transparency and accountability. Based on the findings of NACDL’s Body Camera Task Force, this report offers the perspective of the criminal defense bar and provides recommendations to protect the rights of the accused in body camera jurisdictions.

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State of Crisis: Chronic Neglect and Underfunding for Louisiana’s Public Defense System

Much coverage of the public defense crisis in Louisiana has focused its attention on the consequences of the crisis rather than its causes. For this report, NACDL compiled a history of Louisiana’s public defense system from 1963 to the present, uncovering some of the structural issues and deficiencies that have led to a system that exists in a constant state of emergency. Based on its findings, the report offers recommendations for reform.

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Rush to Judgment: How South Carolina’s Summary Courts Fail to Protect Constitutional Rights

In response to disturbing stories of constitutional violations uncovered by NACDL and ACLU attorneys documented in 2016’s Summary Injustice report, NACDL undertook additional investigation of South Carolina’s summary courts. Over the course of three months, law students and legal professionals gathered information about court proceedings in five South Carolina counties, the results of which are published in this follow-up report, Rush to Judgment.

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The New Jersey Pretrial Justice Manual

This Manual was created by NACDL in partnership with the ACLU of New Jersey and the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, and with grant support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. New Jersey adopted groundbreaking pretrial justice and speedy trial legislation scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2017. This manual is designed to give New Jersey practitioners the guidance needed to achieve pretrial release for their clients.

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Support the Foundation for Criminal Justice™

Support the most important work taking place in criminal justice reform with a gift to the Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ). This is an important time for supporters of criminal justice reform. The nation's criminal defense bar is launching watershed projects that will set the agenda for years on issues including Brady disclosure, access to effective counsel, collateral consequences of conviction, and protecting the Fourth Amendment in the digital era. The FCJ is supporting vitally important projects that will make lasting improvements to the criminal justice system.

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NACDL Offers Scholarship Funding to Public Defense Providers

NACDL is pleased to offer scholarship assistance for public defense providers to attend Continuing Legal Education programs. The scholarships are awarded in the form of full or partial reimbursement of the registration costs of the excellent training programs offered by NACDL and other national organizations. Limited travel reimbursement stipends may also be awarded to qualifying individuals to help defray the costs of travel and lodging.

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New Affinity Partner -

NACDL members receive 10% off the #1 answering service for attorneys. Use promo code: "NACDL".

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New Affinity Partner - Page Vault

Page Vault enables lawyers to easily and securely capture web content – everything from standard web pages to blogs and social media pages – for subsequent use as evidence in US courts. NACDL members receive 10-15% off subscription services.

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