Gideon’s Promise is a nonprofit public defender organization whose mission is to transform the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities.
We envision a nation where every person has access to zealous, outstanding representation necessary to ensure “equal justice for all” in the criminal justice arena.
Our programs and partnerships are uniquely tailored to support and strengthen the efficacy of public defenders as a critical part of systemic criminal justice reform. Public defenders are frontline advocates for the accused in this country and we are committed to nurturing and developing their skills at every career level to produce fairer outcomes for America’s most vulnerable citizens.
A public defender is a lawyer employed at public expense in a criminal trial or proceeding to represent a defendant who is unable to afford legal assistance. 80% of people accused of crimes in the Unites States rely on a public defender to protect their constitutional rights. Gideon’s Promise trained attorneys are client and community-focused in all stages of the criminal justice process.
“The greatest civil and human rights abuses of our time continue in the American criminal justice system.”