- Letter to DOJ on Unsafe and Inhumane Conditions at Rikers Island (March 2022)
Letter to AG Garland on Immigration Sentencing Effects of Thomas/Thompson Opinion (February 2022)
Letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding former Attorney General William Barr's ruling in Matter of Thomas and Matter of Thompson, 27 I. & N. Dec. 674 (AG 2019) changing DOJ and DHS policy so state courts can only affect immigration sentencing if related to underlying criminal proceedings and not the immigration case.
- Comments to DAG Monaco on Compassionate Release Waivers in Plea Negotiations (February 2022)
- Comments to DOJ on Plans to Modernize and Clarify FARA Implementing Regulations (February 2022)
- Comments to BOP on Applying First Step Act Good Time Credit to D.C. Code Offenders (November 2021)
Coalition Letter to DOJ on OLC Memo Re. Home Confinement During COVID-19 Pandemic (August 2021)
Coalition letter to Department of Justice leadership regarding the need to reevaluate a January 2021 memo from the Office of Legal Counsel that outlined a plan to return to federal prison people who had been released to home confinement under CARES Act (H.R. 748, 2020) provisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and proposing solutions to assured logistical issues and unfairness should the memo be heeded as written and currently interpreted.
Statement to DOJ on First Step Act Implementation for Stakeholder Listening Session (July 2021)
NACDL Counsel and Director of First Step Act Resource Center Elizabeth A. Blackwood’s written statement to the Department of Justice upon NACDL’s participation in a stakeholder listening session regarding realization of reforms outlined in the FIRST STEP Act (S. 756), signed into law in December 2018 and still in the process of being implemented.
- Comments to AG Garland on the Right to Counsel in Criminal Cases in Tribal Courts (June 2021)
Coalition Letter to AG Garland on Release Options During BOP’s COVID-19 Crisis (March 2021)
Coalition letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the risks of contracting COVID-19 for those living and working in carceral facilities, and the release options available to reduce that risk through compassionate release, home confinement, and other CARES Act-authorized release programs (H.R.748, 2020).
- Comments with FAMM and JAN to BOP on Proposed First Step Act Earned Time Credits Rule (January 2021)
- Statement to Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement on Accountability and Reform (June 2020)
- Coalition Letter to BOP Director on Reporting More Demographic Data of COVID-19 Cases (April 2020)
- Coalition Letter to AG Barr on Expanding DOJ Federal and State Response to COVID-19 (April 2020)
- Comments on DOJ First Step Act Implementation Tools (September 2019)
- Letter to Attorney General Barr on FIRST Step Act Implementation (March 2019)
Coalition Letter on DOJ Request for Data Associated with Inauguration Day Protests (August 2017)
The undersigned organizations write to express concern over the Justice Department’s demand for information associated with a website used to organize protests on Inauguration Day. While the government, in the face of mounting public pressure, has significantly narrowed its initial demand for data on every individual who visited the site, we remain concerned that the government made its sweeping request in the first place – and that it continues to maintain that this request was legal and appropriate.
Coalition Letter on USA PATRIOT Act Reforms (March 2015)
We represent a wide range of privacy and human rights advocates, technology companies, and trade associations that hold an equally wide range of positions on surveillance reform. Many of us have differing views on exactly what reforms must be included in any bill reauthorizing USA PATRIOT Act Section 215, which currently serves as the legal basis for the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata and is set to expire on June 1, 2015. Our broad, diverse, and bipartisan coalition believes that the status quo is untenable and that it is urgent that Congress move forward with reform.
Coalition Letter on the FBI Next Generation Identification System (NGI) (June 2014)
We write today to urge the Department of Justice (DOJ) to quickly complete an updated Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Next Generation Identification System (NGI) as part of a broader effort to examine the goals and impact of NGI. The previous PIA on NGI’s face recognition component dates back to 2008. Since that time the program has undergone a radical transformation—one that raises serious privacy and civil liberties concerns.
- Coalition Letter to End NSA Bulk Collection (June 2014)
- Letter to FBI Director Comey on Recording Custodial Interrogations in Felony Cases (December 2013)
- Coalition Letter in Favor of Transparency for National Security (July 2013)
Coalition Letter to DOJ on NSA Surveillance Reports (July 2013)
NACDL undersigned a letter on July 8, 2013 to Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. and Michael E. Horowitz to ask that the Department of Justice make public any findings by the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding the collection of Americans’ telephone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
- Comments to DOJ on Federal Review of State Capital Post-Conviction Cases (March 2012)
- Coalition Letter to DOJ and SEC on FCPA Guidance and Enforcement (February 2012)
- Comments to DOJ on Federal Review of State Capital Post-Conviction Cases (June 2011)
- Letter to the Department of Justice on Preventing and Responding to Prison Rape (April 2011)
Coalition Letter to AG Holder on Public Safety Exception to Miranda in Terrorism Cases (May 2010)
We write to express our concern about your recent call to restrict the constitutional rights of individuals in the United States suspected of terrorist activity by seeking to codify or expand the “public safety exception” to Miranda v. Arizona. Current law provides ample flexibility to protect the public against imminent terrorist threats while still permitting the use of statements made by the accused in a criminal prosecution. Weakening Miranda would undercut our fundamental Fifth Amendment rights for no perceptible gain.
- Letter to the Department of Justice on Preventing and Responding to Prison Rape (May 2010)
- Letter with FAMM to BOP on Rule Changes to Reentry (December 2008)
- Comments to DOJ on Proposed Regulations in Capital Cases (September 2007)
- Comments to DOJ on the Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification (July 2007)
- Comments to DOJ on Rules to Retroactively Apply the Adam Walsh Act (April 2007)
- Letter on BOP Proposed Reduction in Sentence For Medical Reasons (February 2007)
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