The Defender believes that, in addition to providing free legal representation, we have a responsibility to advocate for people-driven policies that improve our justice system and make our communities safer. Below are the Defender’s “Policy Pillars”
We’re working to reduce the length of probation periods, limit probation tails, eliminate wanted cards for technical violations; and reduce racial disparities in state supervision.
We promote the use of individualized decision making, and collaborate with community partners and social service agencies to create alternatives to detention and cash bail.
Our Police Accountability Unit is instrumental in our efforts to provide information and education on citizen police oversight, practices, and tracking the disciplinary and credibility history of police.