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Covington Defenders Lead the Way

Wanted to give a shout out to the Covington Trial Office in Kentucky, led by Directing Attorney Dan Schubert, who spearheaded our effort in recent weeks. Our jail in Kenton County has been notoriously overcrowded for years. Last summer, we …

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Cheers to Cincinnati Defenders

As of today, the Hamilton County jail population is 786. On March 11, the day before we started lobbying judges to release people due to concerns about COVID’s lethality in jails, it was 1256. Overall, our office has gotten roughly …

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300 People Released in Jefferson County

The Jefferson County, AL (Birmingham) public defender office has gotten nearly 300 people released from the county jail over the past 3 weeks. We finally got the judges to make all nonviolent felonies (aside from trafficking and sex offenses) signature …

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Triumph in Luzerne County

As news of the COVID-19 crisis hit, Luzerne County’s chief public defender and his team were concerned. They knew there was a huge risk to incarcerated people and the Luzerne County Correctional Facility was already over capacity. Read more here. …

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Circuit Public Defender Claudia Saari Honored

  Atlanta, GA – March 2, 2020 – Circuit Public Defender for DeKalb County, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, Claudia Saari will be presented with the John R. Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award  by Gideon’s Promise, a public defender organization whose mission …

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NFL Legend Champ Bailey Honored

  Atlanta, GA – February 17, 2020 – Pro Football Hall of Famer Cham p Bailey will be awarded the Ambassador of Change Award by Gideon’s Promise, a public defender organization whose mission is to transform the criminal justice system …

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The Washington Post

″People tend to think most of what a public defender does happens in front of a judge,” says Jon Rapping, president and founder of the nonprofit public defender advocacy organization Gideon’s Promise. “But being a good attorney means communicating with …

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