Need a Lawyer? Trump Wants to Make it Harder if You're Poor
The president's budget would eliminate loan forgiveness for people who become public defenders—which could make America's criminal justice crisis even worse.
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.
New Orleans's Cash-Strapped Public Defenders Are Refusing to Take on Serious Felonies
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.
Our Right to an Attorney Is in Jeopardy
Many public defenders in the United States only have minutes to prepare for a case that might result in years in prison for the accused, as well as the loss of benefits, employment, or custody of their children.