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"Jail Reform a Welcome Effort"

The Post and Courier
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Reframing Public Defense

As part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association developed a communications toolkit to help defenders better articulate the role the public defender can play in an effective criminal justice system. Read More
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Chicago Residents Recommend 300 Ways to Improve Community-Police Relations

More than 1,600 Chicago residents attended 19 conversations about police misconduct and community relations and then suggested 300 ways to improve police practices and restructure how police officers interact with residents. Read More

"Bring Risk to the Bail System"

Akron Beacon Journal
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Neuroscience Could Reveal Criminal Intent

Researchers at Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and Yale universities have discovered that brain scans can identify differences between criminal intent and reckless behavior, in a study supported by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. Read More


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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Maurice Classen

Program Officer
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Patrick Griffin

Senior Program Officer
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Soledad McGrath

Program Officer
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Quinn Hanzel

Grants Manager
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Mary McClanahan Thiel

Team Coordinator
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Erica Twyman

Team Administrator

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer