Keeping the Promise

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Meet Our Team

Without our team of zealous advocates for justice, there would be no Gideon’s Promise. Take a moment to meet our team of criminal reform advocates, who fight everyday to keep the promise!

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Gideon’s Promise is a tax-exempt 501c3 that equips Public Defenders to provide zealous protection to people pushed aside or left behind by the criminal legal system. For nearly two decades, we’ve worked to end mass incarceration and to keep Gideon’s Promise by transforming the culture of public defense.

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Fortifying & Reforming The Culture of Public Defense

In Gideon v Wainwright (1963), the Supreme Court ruled that all people were constitutionally entitled to the right to counsel for anyone charged with a crime who could not afford one. We’re helping the United States keep this difficult promise through support services and training programs for current and aspiring public defenders.

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Gideon's Promise: Our Reach

Lady Justice's Scale Isn't Balanced Yet

80% of people accused of a crime are represented by a public defender. Despite this reality, prosecutors’ offices nationwide receive $3.5 billion more in annual funding than public defender offices.

57% of incarcerated men and 72% of incarcerated women were in poverty prior to their arrest. Still, many states are decreasing funding for the public defenders dedicated to protecting these people.

The average caseload of a GP-trained public defender is 250 cases per year. The American Bar Association recommends 150 felony cases annually.

Our Mission

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.

Protecting This Promise

You don't have to be a public defender to protect the promise of zealous counsel for all. Your monthly contribution--no matter the amount--will directly impact the fate of a defendant who didn't know they needed you.

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News & Media

Announcing Our New Executive Director, Zanele Ngubeni

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2022 Annual Report

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Booker, Durbin Introduce Bills to Improve Access to Counsel Guaranteed by Constitution and Increase Representation of Public Defenders in U.S. Criminal Justice System

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Episode 28 – The 2022 Rap Up

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Episode 27 - Reserved for Justice

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Episode 26 - Honoring the Hispanic Community, Liberating the Next Generation

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Episode 25 - Back to School: Exploring the School to Prison Pipeline

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Episode 24 - Good Trouble Only

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Dobbs v. Jackson Official Statement

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Episode 23 - Stories of Fatherhood

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Gideon’s Promise Blazes Trails in Supporting Public Defenders in the Fight to End Mass Incarceration

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Episode 22 - My Mama, My Lawyer, My Shield

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The Augusta Chronicle

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2021 Annual Report

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Episode 21 – Let the Griots Tell It

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We’ve launched our new website!

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Arnold Ventures

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Gideon’s Promise Announces 2022 LSPP Fellows

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Episode 20 – Women in Power

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Nominated for U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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Episode 19 – Black History Isn’t Just a Thing of the Past

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2022 Igniting Change hosted by Gideon’s Promise on March 17th!

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Episode 18 – I Need a Mentor, And I Need One Now!

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Episode 17 – The 2021 Rap Up

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Episode 16 – No Rookies, Just Vets

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Episode 15 – A Vote for Justice

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The Rick Ungar Show

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Episode 14 – The Fight for Our Legal Rights

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The Young Turks

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Ring of Fire

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Keen On with Andrew Keen

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Episode 13 – Part Two: What Does Independence Look Like in 2021?

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Episode 12 – Part One: What Does Emancipation Look Like in 2021?

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Left of Law School

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The Nomiki Show

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Make it Plain with Mark Thompson

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WDET 101.9 FM

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The Hill

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Episode 11 – Let’s Get Into It: Your Mental Health Matters

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Keeping the Promise of Equity for All People

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Episode 10 – Breaking Through the System: The Path to Healing

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Gideon’s Promise Welcomes 10 New LSPP Fellows

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Episode 9 – The Pipeline to Social Justice: From the Classroom to the Courtroom

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KISS 1044.1 FM Atlanta's R&B

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Episode 8 – Public Defenders and the Communities They Serve

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Episode 7 – Women of Color: Architects in the Public Defense Movement

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Criminal Justice Reform with Jonathan Rapping & Ilham Askia

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Episode 6 – The 2020 Election: Is History Repeating Itself?

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WBAI Radio

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Episode 5 – From the Voices

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JewishBoston

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90.1 FM WABE

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Law360

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Episode 4 – Public Defenders in the Trenches

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National Urban League

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1380 WAOK - The Rashad Richey Morning Show

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The Atlanta Voice

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Rude Radio

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1380 WAOK - The Voice of the Community

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V103 Atlanta - The Peoples Station

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RollingOut

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New York Beacon- #Hotoffthepress

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RED (Rehabilitation Enables Dreams)

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Episode 3 – An Ode to Public Defenders

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Episode 2 – The New Civil Rights Movement: Criminal Justice Reform

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Law360

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Episode 1 - The Critical Role of Public Defenders in Transforming Justice

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We Stand Against Injustice Everywhere

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Gideon's Promise Launches Podcast

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WSB-TV

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Gideon’s Promise Announced as One of the Inspire Change Grant Recipients

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Gideon’s Promise Welcomes 12 New LSPP Fellows

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2020 COVID-19: Gideon’s Promise Stands with Public Defenders Advocating for the Incarcerated Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Circuit Public Defender Claudia Saari Honored

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NFL Legend Champ Bailey Honored

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The Washington Post

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Brennan Center for Justice

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Vox

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Daily Report

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Kamala D. Harris – U.S. Senator for California Introduces the Equal Defense Act of 2019

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Politico

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The Mercury News

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MSN.com

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Devdiscourse

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Gideon’s Promise to Host Igniting Change Fundraiser

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The Daily Report

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The Daily Report

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Closer Look with Rose Scott

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Gideon’s Promise to Host Training for Public Defenders at Morehouse College

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Atlanta Magazine

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The New York Times

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Closer Look with Rose Scott

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Atlanta Journal - Constitution

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Atlanta Journal - Constitution

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Southern Christian Leadership Conference National Magazine

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George Washington Law

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The Atlantic

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The Advocate

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Mother Jones

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Rolling Out

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Essence

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The Christian Science Monitor

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Atlanta Magazine

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The Nation

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The Nation

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Creative Loafing

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Talk Poverty

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Atlanta Trend

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Bill Moyer & Company

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National Public Radio (NPR) News

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Chronicle of Philanthropy

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The Baltimore Sun

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The Wall Street Journal

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The Washington Post

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Huffington Post

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Take Part

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Daily Journal

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International Documentary Association

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The Kojo Nnamdi Show

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Inside Scoop with Mark Levine

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The New York Times

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The New York Times

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Daily Motion

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404-525-4505

Email:

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Location:

101 Marietta Street, NW
Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Saturday, June 11th, 2022 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Phone

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Location

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1963

1963

Landmark case Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that every person accused of a crime in America must be provided with a lawyer, regardless of their economic status or ability to pay.

2005

2005

Jonathan Rapping joined the effort to rebuild a public defender office in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, while also performing some indigent defense work in Alabama and Mississippi.

2007

2007

Gideon’s Promise was founded as a nonprofit by Jonathan Rapping as the Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC) to answer the need for training and mentorship for public defenders working in under-resourced communities in the South.

2010

2010

The SPDTC received its 501 (c)(3) non-profit designation.

2010

2010

The SPDTC received its 501 (c)(3) non-profit designation.

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I do not blame [the public defender] for what happened to my son. I just know that the system needs to be changed.”

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Ms. Shana Bennett, whose son didn't receive zealous defense

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