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Atlanta Magazine

At five years old, I was introduced to the criminal justice system when my father was sent to prison. Until that moment, he had been my world. He was tall, black, strong, and caring—my protector. For the next 10 years, …

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The New York Times

In this short documentary, “True Believers in Justice,” the filmmaker Dawn Porter follows Travis Williams, a young public defender in the Deep South, who struggles with long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads to bring justice to all. Watch Video …

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When I left off last week telling you about Jonathan Rapping’s efforts to reform our court system, his wife, Ilham Askia, had just left her job as a first-grade teacher in the Fulton County Public School system to join him …

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Atlanta Journal & Constitution

Back in September, Sean Ramsey stood at the intersection of Central Avenue and Memorial Drive just outside Atlanta Municipal Court holding a sign that read “homeless please help.” For all practical purposes, the 48-year-old may as well have been standing …

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Southern Christian Leadership Conference National Magazine

Jonathan Rapping is a game-changer who is rev- olutionizing the practice of law and curtailing mass incarcerations throughout the nation by training public defenders. Rapping is the found- er of Gideon’s Promise, a criminal justice reform organization he launched a …

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Jonathan Rapping, JD ’95, is a nationally renowned criminal justice innovator; he is the Founder and President of Gideon’s Promise, an organization that is focused on transforming the culture of indigent defense. He recently visited GW Law and gave a …

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The Atlantic

Concordia Parish extends tall and narrow along the Mississippi River, where the ankle of Louisiana meets the instep. Almost one-third of its 20,000 residents live below the federal poverty line. Strip malls dominate Vidalia, the parish seat. Smaller satellite towns …

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The Advocate

The ACLU recently sued the New Orleans Public Defenders Office for failing to provide poor people the representation the U.S. Constitution demands. At first blush one might see this as a condemnation of these lawyers. But on the contrary, these …

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