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"Dozens of Hurricane Laura evacuees have been arrested in New Orleans, as public defenders urge restraint," by Nicholas Chrastil, The Lens, September 23, 2020
"Perspectives: Reforming Public Defense Is Crucial For Criminal Justice," by Jonathan Rapping, Law360, September 20, 2020
"Op-ed: Public Defenders Are Working to Free People From Prison During the Pandemic," By Lacie Dauzat, Teen Vogue, September 01, 2020
"Jonathan Rapping debuts new book, ‘Gideon’s Promise’ to advocate for public defenders," by Terry Shropshire, The Atlanta Voice, August 30, 2020
"City Council passes ordinance bringing public defender budget closer to DA’s office," by Nicholas Chrastil, The Lens, August 20, 2020
"Proposed law seeks to bring public defender funding closer to DA’s," by Nicholas Chrastil, The Lens, August 17, 2020
"Public defender report underscores need for additional resources," by Olivia Covington, The Indiana Lawyer, August 19, 2020
"Why We Need Federal Judges Who Are Former Public Defenders," by Orion de Nevers, The Crime Report, August 17, 2020
"Washington County judge says he will no longer deal with county’s largest public defender agency, cites ‘cancel culture’ tactics," By Noelle Crombie, Oregon Live, August 13, 2020
"Public defenders plead for remote hearings," by Seaborn Larson, Missoulian, August 04, 2020
"Report: Indiana public defender caseload standards likely too high," by Olivia Covington, The Indiana Lawyer, July 28, 2020
"Judge Grants Class Status in Missouri Public Defender Case," by Joe Harris, Courthouse News Service, July 15, 2020
"Many Public Defenders Getting Compensated Less Than Minimum Wage," by Brandon Smith, WBOI, July 13, 2020
"Does Indiana Have A Weak Public Defender System?," by WBAA Staff, NPR, July 13, 2020
"NYC public defenders threaten to sue state to stop in-person criminal proceedings ," by David Brand, Queens Daily Eagle, July 13, 2020