Public Defenders


What Being a Defense Lawyer Taught Me About the War on Drugs

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.


Do Public Defenders Spend Less Time on Black Clients?

"Implicit bias" may not affect only judges, cops, and prosecutors, but also the lawyers defending America's poor.


How to Repair the Criminal Justice System

We talked to leaders and activists spearheading prison reform to find out what we can do to fix our broken penal system.