NACDL’s Effort to Expose and Limit the Trial Penalty Garners Broad Support with the Launch of a National Reform Effort

Rick Jones, NACDL Immediate Past President; Executive Director, Neighborhood Defender Services

Barry Pollack, Partner, Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP

Don Salzman, Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Nicole M. Austin-Hillery, Executive Director, U.S. Program, Human Rights Watch

John Gleeson, Former U.S. District Court Judge; Partner, Deveboise & Plimpton, LLP

Frederick P. Hafetz, Partner, Hafetz & Necheles, LLP

Marc Levin, Vice President of Criminal Justice Policy, Texas Public Policy Foundation and Right on Crime

Clark Neily, Vice President for Criminal Justice, Cato Institute

Maddy deLone, Executive Director, Innocence Project

Jordan Richardson, Senior Policy Analyst, Charles Koch Institute

Rebecca Shaeffer, Senior Legal and Policy Officer, Fair Trials International

Kevin Ring, President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums

“The slow disappearance of our constitutional right to trial gets far too little attention. This report should serve as a wake-up call for lawmakers and lay people alike . . . My personal experience with the trial penalty, which NACDL highlights in its report, demonstrates why this issue is of more than academic interest to me. This report explains why it should matter to everyone.”

Jeffery Robinson, Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality, American Civil Liberties Union

“The NACDL report tells a not-so-hidden secret about the criminal legal system. Specifically, that innocent people plead guilty because they are faced with a ‘trial penalty’ — if you plead guilty, your behavior deserves penalty A, but if you go to trial, you get penalty B, which is so many times more severe . . . The fact that it has always been this way does not make it right. The NACDL report sets out what we have lost and risk losing as the right to a trial disappears.”



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