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

How two overworked public defenders and six judges left a New Orleans man with a life sentence

Washington Post: In the two years Landon Quinn’s trial attorneys represented him, one was handling 711 other felony cases. The other took on 543, including another time- and resource-consuming death penalty case. The National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals recommends that a public defender take no more than 150 cases per year.

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To safely cut incarceration, states rethink responses to supervision violations

Pew Charitable Trusts: Probation and parole provide a measure of accountability while allowing those who would otherwise have been incarcerated or have already served a term behind bars to meet their obligations to their families, communities, and victims.

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New Hope Act forms now available to download

You can download forms from Civil Survival's website to help you vacate your misdemeanor or felony conviction.

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Commission recommends major overhaul of Washington sentencing laws

NW News Network: The state’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission, tasked with promoting accountability and equity in sentencing, has adopted a report to the state Legislature that urges lawmakers to consider two options for modernizing the grid with the twin goals of simplifying sentencing and increasing judicial discretion.

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