The NDS PACE Program
Imagine a world in which Black and brown neighborhoods are free from harm. Parents watch their children graduate. Whole families gather for the holidays. Kids play joyfully in the streets. Local businesses succeed and build neighborhood resilience. Communities are free to breathe.
Neighborhood Defender Service’s new PACE (Police Accountability/Community Empowerment) Program builds that freedom by creating long-term, structural change. PACE reckons with police impunity, reduces overpolicing, and builds community power and wealth. It helps individuals and communities alike secure their futures by addressing the police misconduct that marginalizes them, providing them with resources, and working alongside them to reshape policy in ways that reverberate across generations.
How PACE Works
The NDS PACE program responds to the needs of Black and brown communities and is informed directly by their experiences. It was created by the Neighborhood Defender Service, a pioneering national public defender office with three decades of experience, first in Harlem and now in Detroit. Among the ways that the NDS PACE program will change how policing works are:
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“The PACE Program is the next generation of groundbreaking work growing out of the NDS experience. We do not intend to let this critical moment pass without doing all we can to bring about long-term, meaningful, structural change to end the oppression rife within our society.”
Rick Jones, Executive Director, Neighborhood Defender Service
Neighborhood Defender Service is uniquely positioned to help build a future in which overpoliced and under-resourced communities can finally breathe. NDS created holistic public defense in 1990 to provide high-quality, comprehensive social and legal services to those who otherwise could not afford them. Now, with offices in Harlem and Detroit, NDS is launching the PACE Program to disrupt and dismantle the structural impediments in our society that continue to oppress its clients, their families and communities.
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The PACE Program is founded by Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS), a national public defender office with three decades of service. NDS pioneered holistic public defense in 1990 to provide high-quality, comprehensive social and legal services to those who otherwise could not afford them. Thirty years later, NDS’ PACE Program aims to disrupt and dismantle the structural impediments in our legal system that continue to oppress its clients, their families, and communities.