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

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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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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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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