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November 28, 2017
Where the Poor Face the Death Penalty Without a Lawyer
A budget crunch in Louisiana leads to an unusual wait list.
September 24, 2017
How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor
By reframing the issue around the evils of big government, Republicans are notching victories that have eluded more liberal legislatures.
April 17, 2017
A prosecutor on what his wife, a defense attorney, taught him about justice.
September 9, 2016
When There’s Only One Public Defender in Town
Meet Rhonda Covington, the one-woman office.
September 8, 2016
When Real Estate and Tax Lawyers Are Forced to Do a Public Defender’s Job
Louisiana judges are finding some unexpected substitutes for underfunded defenders.
September 7, 2016
When the Money Runs out for Public Defense, What Happens Next?
Massive caseloads, long wait lists, group plea deals, and other realities of a funding crisis.
July 21, 2016
My Life as a Black Prosecutor
“I’ve been called a persecutor and a sellout.”
July 17, 2016
Five Voices on Reforming the Front End of Justice
While the feds fiddle, some locals are innovating.
J. Scott Thompson
May 2, 2016
Do Public Defenders Spend Less Time on Black Clients?
Some suspect “implicit bias” is not just a problem for police, prosecutors, and judges.
January 28, 2016
Why Getting Sued Could Be the Best Thing to Happen to New Orleans’ Public Defenders
The ACLU takes the cash-poor agency to court to force the cash-poor legislature to pay.