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On 'Gideon's' 50th, a Crisis in Public Defense Deepens Racial Inequality

On ‘Gideon’s’ 50th, a Crisis in Public Defense Deepens Racial Inequality

by Seth Freed Wessler on March 18 2013, 9:30AM

Fifty years ago today, “Gideon v. Wainwright” locked in poor peoples’ right to court-appointed counsel. Too bad the public defense system it wrought has failed to keep pace with drug-war policies that have led to the mass incarceration of black and brown people.

Topics: Criminal Justice

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