"Years of drastic budget cuts have created bottomless caseloads for public defenders – the ‘pack mules of the system’ – and tipped the scales of justice against the poor."
A three-part series was published in September by the Guardian in partnership with the Marshall Project.
Part 1: The Human Toll of America's Public Defender Crisis.
Part 2: Louisiana Public Defenders: a Lawyer With a Pulse Will Do.
Part 3: For Louisiana's Defenseless Poor, It's One For All.