Recent Press Releases
NDAA Leads Effort with IACP and MCC to Pass Forensics Legislation in Lame Duck
On October 11, NDAA, along with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), sent a letter to House leadership calling for the swift passage of the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 and the Rapid DNA Act of 2015 during the lame duck session of Congress. The three groups believe that the bills should be moved separate from any broader criminal justice reform package. To read the full letter, click here.
at Recent PCAST Meeting
This past Friday, NDAA's Executive Director, Kay Chopard Cohen, read the attached statement during the public comment period of the most recent meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The statement is in response to the release of the PCAST report entitled "Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature Comparison Methods". For any questions, please contact NDAA's Nelson Bunn.
National District Attorneys Association slams President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report
Yesterday, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) voted to release a report highly critical of forensic science and questioning the scientific validity of several disciplines. The report further calls for prosecutors to not seek to admit evidence within these disciplines into court and for judges to not allow it. NDAA strongly opposes this report and the irresponsible move by PCAST. NDAA's statement regarding that vote can be found HERE.
Cyrus Vance Interview
on Smartphone Encryption
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr was recently interviewed by Fox News to discuss the smartphone encryption issue and its impact on victims of crime. Watch interview
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch Addresses NDAA Capital Conference
Washington, DC • United States
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Read it here
Police Chiefs and Prosecutors Join Together to Seek Lawful Access to Encrypted Communications
February 10, 2016
Dold and Nerheim: New Technology Can Help Solve Crimes
A joint commentary submission by:
Bob Dold, Congressman, 10th Congressional District of Illinois
Michael Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney
For Immediate Release - Oct. 28, 2015
National Meeting Focuses on New Strategies to Prosecute, Prevent Domestic Violence
NDAA Calls for National Strategy on Domestic Violence Cases The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), along with San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, called for a national strategy on the prosecution of domestic violence this morning as they welcomed participants at a National Symposium on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases. The meeting is being held in San Diego over the next two days. The event is co-sponsored by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, Alliance for HOPE International, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, National Congress of American Indians and the National Sheriff’s Association.
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The Impact of Body-Worn Cameras on a Prosecutor
September 10, 2015
By Kay Chopard Cohen
National District Attorneys Association