When defendants habitually receive subpar representation, the entire criminal justice system suffers. Unnecessary guilty pleas, excessively long case dispositions and disproportionally long jail sentences clog the system and burden taxpayers. The best way to remedy these problems is to ensure that defendants represented by public defenders are handled with the same diligence and expertise as other cases.
In all stages of the criminal justice system process, Gideon’s Promise attorneys are making a difference in the following ways:
These findings suggest that Gideon’s Promise is actively working towards increasing the efficacy and fair administration of justice for everyone-not just the defendants they represent.
Gideon’s Promise provides a cumulative learning values-based program model that supports public defenders at all stages of their career. Biannually, new lawyers, supervisors, chief defenders, trainers and law students considering careers in public defense and the clinical instructors who teach them participate in the organization’s programming and trainings conferences to learn tactics and strategies to:
Gideon’s Promise’s programming is conducted in partnership with 104 partner, statewide and affiliate public defender offices located in 29 states and the and the U.S. Virgin Islands and 22 law schools.
These partnerships allow the organization to:
80% of people accused of a crime rely on public defenders to help them navigate the criminal justice system. In this capacity, Gideon’s Promise trained public defenders assist 200,000 individuals and their families each year by providing the court with critical context that raises their voices and shares their stories to fashion fairer legal outcomes that benefit clients and communities in the following ways:
Gideon’s Promise is committed to strengthening public defense to ensure the protections and promises in the Constitution of equality under the law are realized for all Americans. Through our training and support, public defenders have the tools they need to better serve our nation’s most vulnerable clients. Your support ensures Gideon’s Promise can continue to support more public defenders, expand its reach and improve the lives of millions of individuals and their families. We hope you will join us in this seminal work to transform the culture of public defense and ultimately, keep America’s promise.
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