V103 Atlanta – The People’s Station

On Tuesday, August 18th our President, Jonathan Rapping and Civil Rights Attorney, Ben Crump were featured on Atlanta’s very own V-103 The People’s Station, hosted by BIG TIGGER. They discussed race, criminal justice reform, the importance of public defenders, and Rapping’s …

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Rolling Out’s “A Seat at the Table”

  President, Jonathan Rapping and Executive Director, Ilham Askia was featured on Rolling Out’s, “A Seat at the Table,” on August 18th! They spoke about criminal justice reform, the importance of public defenders, and Rapping’s first book, “Gideon’s Promise.”    …

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New York Beacon – #Hotoffthepress

Jonathan Rapping is the founder and president of Gideon’s Promise (GP), an organization dedicated to changing the culture and practice of public defense in America. He is also a professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and Harvard Law School …

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RED (Rehabilitation Enables Dreams)

In 2014, he was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Genius Fellow for the impactful service work of his non-profit organization, Gideon’s Promise. Professor Rapping and his organization, Gideon’s Promise, are featured in the award-winning HBO documentary, Gideon’s Army. Since the original interview …

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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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WSB-TV 2 Atlanta

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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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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Brennan Center for Justice

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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