Due Process Institute

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The Due Process Institute is a nonprofit that works to honor, preserve, and restore principles of fairness in the criminal legal system.

Led by a public policy professional with 20 years of project management, lobbying, legal, and teaching experience, the Due Process Institute creates and supports appropriate bipartisan solutions for challenging policy concerns through advocacy and education.


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E-mail Privacy Act Passes Houses, Moves on to the Senate

 The House of Representatives passed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and included the E-mail Privacy Act. This is an important step towards updating our laws to reflect technological changes and respect the Fourth Amendment. The Due Process Institute signed a letter of support, directed at the Senate Armed Services Committee, to approve the NDAA's language that included the E-mail Privacy Act.  

Shana O'Toole Quoted in the Wall Street Journal

Commenting on banks sharing customer information, our President Shana O'Toole explained:  “My concern with this program is what customer information is being shared... Efficiency is great, but constitutional protections are mandated.” 

Due Process Institute Co-Sponsors Abacus Screening

Due Process Institute, in conjunction with NACDL, hosted a screening of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail at the E Street Cinema in Washington DC.  Afterwards, Shana O'Toole moderated a Q&A Session with members of the Sung Family and one of the documentary's producers, Mark Mitten.    

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this year's Academy Awards, the film centers on a small family-owned bank in New York City's Chinatown that was the only financial institution to face criminal charges following the subprime mortgage crisis. The documentary serves as an engrossing legal thriller, as well as a compelling portrait of the Chinese-American community in New York City as it intersects with a deeply flawed criminal legal system.

Speaking Up for Discovery Reform in VA

The Due Process Institute joined several other groups, notably the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, in comments favoring changes to Virginia's discovery rules that we believe will lead to a more just legal system.

Prison Reform Bill Passes the House

Progress! H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act passed the House 360-59, a resounding vote for reform. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. The Due Process Institute supports this legislation.  

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