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”

Probation Reform

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.

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Pretrial Practices

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.

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Police Accountability

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.

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Access to Counsel

We work to ensure that our jailed clients have meaningful access to legal counsel, and work with the prisons to improve the current conditions of Pretrial Detention.

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Youth Justice

We want to disentangle youth from extended system involvement for unpaid court costs; limit entry points to placement; and end youth incarceration in adult facilities.

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Sentencing Reform

The Defender works with community and justice system partners to reform outdated and draconian prison sentences.

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