Defense

  • Voices with Impact (6/26/2019)

    By James Kilgore, co-director of FirstFollowers Reentry Program

    There is an orthodoxy that changing laws should be left in the hands of legislators, lawyers and policy experts. But our recent campaign around changing electronic monitoring (EM) laws in Illinois provides another clear example of why the voice and participation of impacted people adds a key dimension to the process of policy change. Though this legislation focused on the state’s use of EM after people had completed their sentences, there are real lessons for folks working on pretrial legislation. (more…)


03/06/2019

A Hero Passes But His Vision Remains

Jeff Adachi, the public defender of San Francisco, died suddenly at the age of 59 on February 22. His death sent shock waves through the many […]
09/05/2018

Early Representation = Limiting Detention

Although the Supreme Court has stated that counsel should be present at any “critical stage of trial,” what those stages are, exactly, is left to the […]
07/24/2018

Pretrial Freedom and the Presumption of Innocence

We all have heard of the Boston Tea Party and the phrase, “No taxation without representation.”  But the the rebellion was about more than a perceived […]
07/12/2018

Voters Ready to Change the Default of Pretrial Detention

We don’t like stupid rules at PJI. That’s probably one reason why Inc. magazine recognized us as one of the Best Workplaces of 2018. So when […]
06/26/2018

Small Towns and the Sixth Amendment

Providing adequate counsel is a key challenge to addressing high rates of pretrial detention in rural areas, according to Right on Crime’s recent report, Open Roads […]
04/03/2017

Redefining Incarceration with Lessons for Pretrial Justice

American University’s Justice Programs Office held a summit last week on how the criminal justice community can continue to improve their systems by redefining practices and […]
03/15/2016

Why Three Days Count from a Defender’s Perspective

By Leah Garabedian, Defender Counsel, The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) 3DaysCount is a critically important campaign that stands to change the lives of millions […]
07/23/2014

Defenders: Advocates for Pretrial Justice

Defenders. The name makes them sound like superheroes. To many people who find themselves facing criminal charges, they are heroes. They are the tireless voice that […]
08/14/2013

Holder Continues Call to Improve Justice System

Two years after his groundbreaking call for pretrial reform, Attorney General Eric Holder continues the quest for safe, fair, and effective justice with a new call for […]