As ongoing national protests against police violence take place during a global pandemic that’s proven especially dangerous in jails and prisons, Jonathan Rapping sees a common thread in the dual crises currently dominating news headlines and social discourse: the need …

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The league’s initiatives grew from players’ demonstrations concerning social justice, including kneeling during the national anthem. More than $44 million in grants have gone to organizations nationwide, including more than 750 grants provided by the NFL Foundation to current NFL …

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″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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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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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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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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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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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) unveiled Wednesday a new plan to assist public defenders financially and prevent burnout. The legislation, which has the backing of civil rights groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, …

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