The president's budget would eliminate loan forgiveness for people who become public defenders—which could make America's criminal justice crisis even worse.
An excerpt from 'Locking Up Our Own,' a powerful book by a former defense lawyer on the realities of the war on crime and how African Americans have helped in its escalation.
Public defenders say Aaron Persky isn't known for giving whites special treatment and that trying to recall judges who don't punish harshly is bad news for people of color.
"Implicit bias" may not affect only judges, cops, and prosecutors, but also the lawyers defending America's poor.
Overworked public defenders say they're being forced to take on cases under threat of jail time in what amounts to a criminal justice nightmare.
Orleans Parish Public Defenders say they aren't given enough money to properly represent poor people accused of serious crimes, so they're going to simply refuse those kinds of cases.
People in Mississippi and New York are routinely stuck in jail without indictment or an attorney for weeks or even months on end, but lawsuits may force the states to change.