2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Thursday, June 6 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Shifting the Power: Creating a Program to Register Incarcerated Voters

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In 2016, the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office began registering people to vote inside the local county jails near Oakland, California. Since this time, they have registered 633 incarcerated people to vote. Many people in and outside of jails are miseducated about who is eligible to vote, leading to the unnecessary disenfranchisement of thousands of eligible voters. Public Defenders are uniquely positioned to effectively access, educate, and motivate incarcerated people to vote. This session will discuss the historical and geographical context of voting for incarcerated people in America, how the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office was able to create and facilitate this project, and how the registration of incarcerated voters may have long lasting impact beyond the ballot. The goal of this session is to provide you with inspiration and tools to start similar projects in your jurisdiction.


Sascha Atkins-Loria

Social Worker, Alameda County Public Defender
Sascha Atkins-Loria is a social worker with the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, where she has been employed since the program’s inception in 2014. She has worked with incarcerated populations since 2010. Sascha is currently stationed in the Alameda County Public Defender’s... Read More →
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Brendon Woods

Chief, Alameda County Public Defenders
With nearly 20 years of experience in criminal defense litigation, Brendon Woods has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since he joined the Office as a post-bar law clerk in 1996. In December 2012, he was appointed Public Defender... Read More →

Thursday June 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Potomac 3rd Floor

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