Other Helpful Resources: Litigation + Advocacy

Template for a motion to challenge the continued pre-trial confinement of at-risk clients

The federal defenders have drafted a template for motions to challenge the continued pretrial detention of defendants who are high risk given the CIVD-19 crisis. 

Order Establishing Procedures for Filing Emergency Motions for Release

Criminal Standing Order of March 22nd, 2020: The D.C. Superior Court has issued an order outlining the criteria judges should consider in evaluating filings requesting the immediate release of defendants on account of COVID-19. 


We encourage other courts to do the same.

A Model for the States: NJ Mediation Yields Agreement on Release of Low-Risk Inmates

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order late Sunday night that will suspend or commute county jail sentences for low-risk inmates in light of the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. The order commutes or suspends county jail sentences currently being served by county jail inmates either as a condition of probation for an indictable offense or because of a municipal court conviction.

PDS + ACLU Lawsuit in District of Columbia

The ACLU of the District of Columbia and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia have sued the D.C. Department of Corrections for "unconstitutional conditions for all 1,600-plus individuals housed at the jail and its adjacent custodial treatment facility." The suit has received amicus support from the Fraternal Order of Police for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections.

BOP Approval of Home Confinement After District Court Motion

The federal Bureau of Prisons has approved an individual convicted of fraud and tax evasion charges to serve the remainder of his five months sentence in home confinement. He had previously files a motion  for release to home confinement in the District Court of New Jersey but asked to suspend this motion upon the BOP's approval. 

Bipartisan Letter to End Driver's License Suspension

Bipartisan Letter to President Urges Immediate Clemency

Bipartisan Letter to End Driver's License Suspension

 "With increasingly limited access to public transportation, and the current health risks of using public transportation, it is more critical than ever that people are able to drive themselves and their dependents to work, hospitals, pharmacies, and grocery stores, regardless of their income."

The S.A.F.E.R. Plan

Bipartisan Letter to President Urges Immediate Clemency

Bipartisan Letter to End Driver's License Suspension

Due Process Institute joined REFORM and a bipartisan group of advocacy organizations to provide early comprehensive recommendations for how governments could help prevent excess harm in light of COVID-19. 

Bipartisan Letter to President Urges Immediate Clemency

Bipartisan Letter to President Urges Immediate Clemency

Executive Mercy and the Pandemic: A Blog Urging the Immediate and Increased Used of the Pardon Power

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis and the unique public  health risk presented in our nation's jails and prisons, Due Process Institute was part of a bipartisan group calling on President Trump to utilize his clemency powers to commute the sentences of populations who  are exceptionally vulnerable to the coronavirus.  



Executive Mercy and the Pandemic: A Blog Urging the Immediate and Increased Used of the Pardon Power

Executive Mercy and the Pandemic: A Blog Urging the Immediate and Increased Used of the Pardon Power

Executive Mercy and the Pandemic: A Blog Urging the Immediate and Increased Used of the Pardon Power

Jonathan Blanks for Clause 40 Foundation


“The circumstances of American incarceration have changed, full stop. The mercy Justice Kennedy spoke of is needed to prevent the added cruelty this virus can wreak upon the incarcerated.”

Federal Public & Community Defenders Letter to Attorney General

Executive Mercy and the Pandemic: A Blog Urging the Immediate and Increased Used of the Pardon Power

Federal Public & Community Defenders Letter to Attorney General

 "Despite our warnings—and those of Congress, policy groups, and public health and legal experts— the Department of Justice (DOJ) has failed to respond appropriately to this global pandemic. Instead, DOJ’s response rests on its view that that 'many inmates will be safer in BOP facilities.' DOJ has relied on this false premise to oppose release in a wide range of cases...."

Black Public Defender Association

Executive Mercy and the Pandemic: A Blog Urging the Immediate and Increased Used of the Pardon Power

Federal Public & Community Defenders Letter to Attorney General

TBPDA is collecting resources to assist legal aid and defense attorneys in the representation of their clients.

The Justice Collaborative

The Justice Collaborative

The Justice Collaborative

The Justice Collaborative is providing resources for activists, public officials, and journalists for use in confronting the 

COVID-19 virus. 

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