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2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Thursday, June 6 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Protect Your Client in Jails and Prisons Now: Prisoner Advocacy in Public Defense

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As public defenders, we are the front line for addressing conditions of confinement and are in a critical position to advocate for our clients’ humane treatment and rehabilitation while incarcerated. This presentation will provide practical examples of how public defender offices can better serve clients, both pre-trial and post-conviction, with issues directly related to their incarceration through: (1) sentencing strategies for downward departures and mitigation based on the incapacity of prisons to address individual client needs; (2) creating a foundation for correctional designation to specific security levels, health care levels, facilities, or programs; (3) creating relationships with jail administrators to resolve conditions of confinement; (4) individual client litigation to resolve conditions issues; and (5) development of local resources and referrals for clients seeking further help on common issues. Other jurisdiction examples will also be highlighted.

Speakers
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Tara Chen

Staff Attorney, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Tara Chen has been an attorney in the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Community Defender Division, Prisoner & Reentry Legal Services Program (PRLS), since 2015. She directly advises and collaborates with Trial Division attorneys to develop holistic and effective... Read More →


Thursday June 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Potomac 3rd Floor

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