Orleans Public Defenders


Louisiana's Public Defender Crisis Is Leaving Thousands Stuck in Jail With No Legal Help

Many of the state's poor defendants are without a lawyer due to budget shortfalls, staff cuts, and impossibly high caseloads — and advocates fear it's only going to get worse.


How the Legal System in New Orleans Is Screwing the 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.