Gideon’s Promise Launches Podcast


Atlanta, GA – May 29, 2020 – Gideon’s Promise, a public defender organization whose goal is to transform the criminal justice system by improving the quality of legal representation for marginalized communities announces the launch of its new podcast on June 3, 2020. Gideon’s Promise: The Podcast explores the critical role of public defenders in systemic justice reform. Hosted by Jonathan Rapping, each episode explores a wide range of issues facing marginalized communities with subject matter experts, key opinion leaders and people impacted by the American criminal legal system. Guests for the first episode will include Raj Jayadev, Co-Founder, Silicon Valley De-Bug; Josie Duffy Rice, President, The Appeal; and Scott Hechinger, Senior Advisor, The Justice Collaborative and Director, Zealous. These advocates will discuss the importance of public defenders.

“I am very excited for this first podcast.  I love the idea of a conversation with a group of my favorite people about the importance of public defenders and how respect for their work informs that of the participants,” says Jonathan Rapping, President & Founder of Gideon’s Promise and the host of the podcast of the same name.  “I want a very organic feel to this podcast that will be reflected in the tone and content and for the focus to be as much about solutions as it is about issues,” he continued.

Key topics to be explored in the inaugural episode include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Public defenders as critical to the struggle for justice.
  • Public defenders as part of the national conversation on criminal justice reform.
  • The role public defenders are playing in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gideon’s Promise: The Podcast can be found on SoundCloud, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, and at

For more information about Gideon’s Promise and its programs and partnerships, please visit or call 404-525-4505.

About Gideon’s Promise

Gideon’s Promise is a non-profit 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.  Founded in 2007 by Jonathan Rapping, the organization has grown from a single training program for sixteen attorneys in two public defender offices in Georgia and Louisiana to a national enterprise with 1,000 participants in 45 public defender offices across 27 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization’s initial three-year program for new public defenders has expanded into a comprehensive program model that supports public defenders at all levels of their career.