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Station House Access to Counsel: Shifting the Balance of power Between Citizen and State

Wednesday, 21 Oct 2020 15:00 EDT

Online

In the US, arrested people are almost never able to access counsel until the first court hearing. This leaves them unprotected against the unchecked power of police at one of the most vulnerable moments in the criminal legal process. 

80% of arrested people waive their right to a lawyer and to silence due to police pressure. The Innocence Project discovered that false confession was one of the main causes of wrongful convictions. Implementing mechanisms that ensure those in custody are protected will rebalance the relationship between citizens and police.

In our webinar, Fair Trials brought together legal experts to discuss how improving police precinct access to counsel can potentially transform criminal justice in the US and rebalance the relationship between citizens and police. 

Led by Jago Russell, chief executive of Fair Trials, our expert panel included: 

  • Rebecca Shaeffer, Legal Director (Americas) at Fair Trials

  • Amy Campanelli, Cook County Public Defender 

  • Randy Gioia, Deputy Chief Counsel at Boston Committee for Public Counsel Services 

  • Premal Dharia, Founder and Director of the Defender Impact Initiative 

  • Larry Redmond, Criminal Defense Attorney at First Defense Legal Aid 

Read our briefing on this issue Station House Counsel: Shifting the Balance of Power between Citizen and State

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