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Conduct training to improve indigent defense culture: As reforms are achieved, they must be accompanied by regular training in order to ensure that embedded harmful practices do not continue once more resources are available. The training should encourage indigent defense …

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2018 A Night to Celebrate

Strengthening public defenders & transforming public defense to ensure that those accused of crimes, who are most vulnerable, have equal access to justice. …

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Public defenders are notoriously overworked, underpaid, and constantly juggling an overwhelming caseload. As a startling New York Times story found this past January, one attorney in Louisiana was working 194 felony cases, while another was balancing 413. Lawyers in certain places are …

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Gideon’s Promise has added white-collar defense veteran Charles Clayman of New York boutique Clayman & Rosenberg to its board. Read Full Article  …

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The Washington Informer

Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) on Wednesday introduced the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense (EQUAL Defense) Act of 2019. The legislation aims to support public defender systems, which are straining to uphold the constitutional right to counsel for indigent …

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Kamala D. Harris – U.S. Senator for California

Harris Introduces EQUAL Defense Act to Boost Pay and Resources, Limit Workload of Public Defenders WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense (EQUAL Defense) Act of 2019. The legislation aims to support public defender systems, which …

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U.S. News & World Report

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California is introducing legislation, including a $250 million grant program, to ease the burden on public defenders around the country. Read Full Article …

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The Washington Post

Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) will today roll out the EQUAL Defense Act, a bill aimed at boosting resources for public defenders to provide more effective counsel to their clients. The 2020 presidential candidate, who has been sharply criticized for her record as California’s top …

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