Public Defense

The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution established the right to counsel — and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must provide counsel for indigent defendants. However, with few standards and little funding, poor defendants across the country are left to rely on overburdened and often ineffective public defenders to help them navigate a criminal justice system that is already stacked against them. Too many are denied justice because their attorneys cannot devote necessary time or resources to their cases. The state of public defense in this country is in crisis.

We are engaged in litigation to force jurisdictions to appropriately fund and support public defense.

Key Facts

  • Single Greatest Obstacle

  • 370 attorneys for 80,000 cases

  • Waiting Lists