public defenders

Veronica Rossman is now one of just eight U.S. appeals court judges with experience representing people who couldn't afford an attorney.
The female public defenders at Cook County Jail are dealing with an unimaginably hostile work environment.
Supporters say it's a vital service as Trump ramps up deportation efforts.
Our nation's culture of mass incarceration has warped our view on punishing crime, they argue.
Public defenders can and do play a critical role in helping people transitioning back to the community, when provided the opportunity and funding to do so.
New Orleans Criminal Court Judge Arthur Hunter, a former police officer, ruled that seven people awaiting trial in jail without adequate legal defense must be released. The law is clear. It seems the only way Louisiana will respect the Constitution is to follow Judge Hunter's ultimatum. No lawyers? No jail.
What the consolidated system lacked then, and still does now, is a reliable funding source. Unlike every other state, Louisiana
Judge Jane Kelly is still available, should the next president be listening.
Louisiana, which has the highest incarceration rate in the country, no longer provides public defenders to all its people accused of crimes; within months over half its public defender offices are expected to become insolvent.
No one wants to be charged with a crime. But, if you are, or, if one of your friends or loved ones is, here are five things to consider when deciding whether you've got a good defense attorney or not.
Louisiana is extraordinary in that the primary source for public defense funding comes from fees defendants must pay if found guilty of a crime. That means public defenders can only guarantee their salary if enough of their clients are convicted of crimes. Acquittals are bad for business.
Not all "paid" lawyers are good attorneys, and not all "court-appointed" lawyers and public defenders are bad. However, it is a sad but true fact, as Making A Murderer ably illustrates, that the quality of justice in this country directly correlates to the amount of resources a defendant has.