R2C National Campaign: February 2016 Newsletter

Spotlight

Louisiana Campaign for Equal Justice The Louisiana Campaign for Equal Justice (LCEJ) is dedicated to fair funding for Louisiana’s public defense system. LCEJ seeks stable, reliable, and adequate funding for public defense in Louisiana. Similar to the R2C National Campaign’s strategy at the national level, LCEJ partners with stakeholders and concerned citizens for comprehensive criminal justice reform in the state. Learn more at http://lcej.org/.

Consortium Members Update

NACo – The National Association of Counties will be hosting a webinar on the importance of counsel at pretrial on March 3rd at 2:00pm ET. Read more about this event and register here.

NAPD – The National Association for Public Defense held a webinar on February 16th by Jon Rapping of Gideon’s Promise entitled “The Missing Chapter in the Criminal Justice Reform Story. More about this webinar is available here.

NAPD will also host a webinar on March 17th that will provide an overview of the Right to Counsel National Campaign entitled: “You Have the Research, Now What? Non-Traditional Ways of Utilizing Research Results.” Learn more about this webinar and register here.

PJI – The Right to Counsel National Campaign is teaming up with the Pretrial Justice Institute on a joint #right2counsel and #3DaysCount national effort. Follow @right2counsel and @pretrial on Twitter to learn more!

New R2C Consortium Members

League of Women Voters of Alachua County (LWVAC) – Check out the great highlight video of the LWVAC Criminal Justice Forum here.

Louisiana Campaign for Equal Justice

In The News

Opinion: When the Public Defender Says, 'I Can't Help,' by Derwyn Bunton, New York Times (February 19, 2016)

Survey: Few courts require lawyers for poor in critical early stage, by Justin A. Hinkley, Lansing State Journal (February 18, 2016)

Public defense reform bill introduced; ACLU says it's not enough, by Andreas Rivera, Standard Examiner (Utah) (February 17, 2016)

State Senator Rodney Ellis Visits Waller County, Asks Texas Lawmakers To Enact Criminal Justice Reforms, by Syeda Hasan, Houston Public Media (February 11, 2016)

The Nobility of Good Lawyers with Bad Clients, by Garrett Epps, The Atlantic (February 7, 2016)