IN DEFENSE OF A storytelling and action platform curated and powered by public defenders and our clients.

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We stand


IN DEFENSE OF


people and communities.


As the attorneys, social workers, investigators and other staff representing the vast majority of people processed through the criminal legal system, we know what is going wrong. We are the witnesses, the advocates, the attorneys dedicating to fighting injustice for individuals and for everyone. 

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The Problem

Today, there is unprecedented public interest and support for criminal justice reform, but often a lack of direction on how to achieve it. The criminal legal system is fixable only if understood as the sum of its interrelated parts, some broken and some intentionally designed to achieve exactly what we now have.

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The Vision

Public defenders see and understand how policies, practices and laws interact to drive mass incarceration. We have some ideas about how to fix the system.

Awareness

Real life stories
Public defender expertise
Untangling complex issues

Action

Local & targeted movements
Curated campaigns
Informed by first hand experience

Change

Change laws
Demand accountability
End mass incarceration

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Current Issues

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Incubated by

Brooklyn
Defender Services

Brooklyn Defender Services is a public defense office that provides full legal representation to over 35,000 people each year in criminal, child welfare and immigration cases.

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Got a story to share?

Whether you’re a frontline practitioner or personally touched by the system in some other way, we want to hear your stories.

Share your story with us