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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Prosecutors Are Working to Clear Wrongful Convictions, but Their Record Is Mixed

The Intercept: It was a watershed moment for the Wayne County CIU; Phillips was their first exoneration, but in just over a year of operation, the office, led by a veteran state appellate defender, has already cleared five more wrongful convictions — four murders and a child sex abuse case.

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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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