public defenders

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.
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.