Program Director, The International Legal Foundation
Gideon’s Promise Alumni 2013

During my first few months as a public defender, I encountered a problem I had never faced before. I could not figure out how to do my job well. I had navigated jobs with perverse incentives in the past, some with success. I had also shipped my share of burgers out the window missing pickles or lettuce because it was more important to “move a car” in under two minutes than to give the car’s driver what she paid for. The incentives in the courthouse were more perverse, the costs to human beings were unimaginably higher, but none of this was new to me. It was just another machine grinding up human lives.   Full Review Here 





Public Defender Group 

Gideon’s Promise: A Public Defender Movement to Transform Criminal Justice” tells the story of how one of the most important civil rights organizations of this generation came to be. In telling this story, Rapping educates us about public defender systems, namely in the South, that have been corrupted by a racist criminal system ruled by judges and prosecutors with little regard for the Constitutional rights of those before it, let alone their humanity.  Full Review Here 






“Useful reading for anyone interested in helping to change a deeply flawed system.” – Kirkus Reviews

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