Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The mission of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is to foster the integrity, independence and expertise of criminal defense lawyers; to support the criminal defense community through education and the exchange of information; to promote the fair and just administration of criminal justice; and to ensure due process and defend the rights secured by law for all persons accused of crime.

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News & Information

WACDL proposed court rules: comment period expires April 30, 2019

WACDL encourages all to submit comments in support of the following proposed rule changes and new rules. The comment period expires April 30, 2019.

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Cities can’t criminalize homelessness, federal court affirms

Curbed: Martin v. City of Boise says cities can’t punish the homeless for sleeping outdoors or on public property.

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Booked And Buried: Northwest Jails' Mounting Death Toll

Oregon Public Broadcasting: Incomplete data tracking hides a crisis of rising death rates in overburdened Northwest jails that have been set up to fail the inmates they are tasked with keeping safe.

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Supreme Court Justices Seem Incredulous At Repeated Racial Bias In Jury Selection

NPR: Kavanaugh noted that one of the reasons the court has embraced increasingly tough rules to eliminate racial bias in jury selection is the need for "confidence of the community in the fairness of the criminal justice system."

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Auditors: Washington jails could release 4,700 inmates, save millions through pretrial services

Spokesman-Review: Auditors found roughly one-third of the state’s jail inmates are candidates for pretrial services such as electronic monitoring, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and texts and phone calls that remind people of court dates.

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Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

Motherboard: Documents obtained by Motherboard using public information requests verify previously unconfirmed police department contracts with predictive policing company PredPol.

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The criminal justice system also has an ‘alternative facts’ problem

Washington Post: It has been nearly 10 years since the National Academy of Sciences sounded the alarm about the shortcomings of forensics. Since then, there have been countless follow-up studies, state and national commissions, reports, panels and — to underscore the conclusions those entities reached — a consistent wave of crime lab scandals all over the country.

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After setbacks, Spokane County abandons custom criminal justice algorithm in favor of simpler tool

Spokesman-Review: Spokane County is adopting a new computer algorithm designed to help judges decide which defendants should remain in jail, abandoning a more costly, custom-developed program that was hampered by technical and logistical problems.

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New Hope Act

Promote fairness, opportunity, and safety by supporting HB 1041.

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Upcoming Events
The Art of Advocacy: Strategy, Tips, and Updates from our Ranks and Beyond Jun 06, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019 — Campbell's Resort, Chelan, WA
WACDL Preconference (Webcast) Jun 06, 2019 01:30 PM - 04:45 PM — Webcast
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