2021 News Release Archive

NACDL’s Public Affairs & Communications Department issues news releases on behalf of the association concerning developing news events as well as announcements and policy positions of the association.

News Release ~ 04/20/2021

New Jersey’s and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Statement on Gov. Murphy’s Veto of Legislation Repealing Mandatory Minimums for Certain Offenses  Washington, DC (April 20, 2021) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) President Christopher W. Adams and the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ) President Aidan P. O’Connor released the following statement after Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed bill S3456 to repeal mandatory minimums for certain crimes.

News Release ~ 03/26/2021

News Release ~ 03/26/2021 Cover

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Publish Groundbreaking Report on Trial Penalty in New York — Washington, DC (March 26, 2021) — Today, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) released the first-ever report on the decades-long impact of the trial penalty in New York State—The New York State Trial Penalty: The Constitutional Right to Trial Under Attack...

News Release ~ 03/24/2021

Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Applauds Abolition of the Death Penalty in Virginia -- Washington, DC (March 24, 2021) – Today, the Commonwealth of Virginia became the 23rd state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to abolish or overturn the death penalty. Governor Northam issued a call to abolish the death penalty early this year and has made history by signing the legislation. 

News Release ~ 03/23/2021

Last Prisoner Project and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Establish Cannabis Justice Initiative  Washington, DC (March 23, 2021) — The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Last Prisoner Project (LPP) today announced the establishment of the Cannabis Justice Initiative, a new initiative focused on bringing much-needed relief to individuals whose lives continue to be negatively impacted by cannabis criminalization.

News Release ~ 03/16/2021

NACDL Statement of Support for Myanmar Attorneys and the Rule of Law -- Washington, DC (March 16, 2021) – Attorneys in Myanmar are reported to be under attack. Yesterday, the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) Human Rights Committee issued a statement supporting the lawyers and legal system in Myanmar.

News Release ~ 03/11/2021

New Jersey’s and Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Call on Gov. Murphy to Sign S3456, Repealing Mandatory Minimums for Certain Offenses -- Washington, DC (March 11, 2021) – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) President Christopher W. Adams and the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ) President Linda D. Foster released the following statement on NJ bill (S3456) to repeal mandatory minimums for certain crimes, which is currently awaiting Governor Murphy’s signature.

News Release ~ 03/08/2021

NACDL’s Corrections Committee Launches Online Resource Tracking the State of Prison and Jail Communications Systems -- Committee also releases manual on navigating the federal prison system. --Washington, DC (March 8, 2021) – Today, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Corrections Committee released an important new online resource, “The State of Prison & Jail Communication Systems,” as well as a separate manual, “How to Navigate the Federal Prison System.”

News Release ~ 01/20/2021

White House Commutes Sentences of Individuals Punished for Exercising Their Sixth Amendment Right to Trial Washington, DC (Jan. 20, 2021) – In the early morning hours today, President Trump granted commutations to 14 deserving individuals whose petitions were submitted to the Office of the Pardon Attorney and the White House through the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ (NACDL) Trial Penalty Clemency Project. Of those 14, seven were serving life sentences.

 

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