Bravo to John Oliver’s Latest Expose on Underfunded Public Defender System

Bravo to John Oliver’s Latest Expose on Underfunded Public Defender System

As the son of a public defender, I am very much aware of the important role public defenders play in our criminal justice system.  Unfortunately, the promise of Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963) is not being realized as some states do not even have public defenders and places that do are stretched to the limit.

BuzzFeed recently did a searing expose on the New Orleans Public Defender system which was so badly underfunded they turned to Kickstarter with little success.