2015 Annual Report

2015 annual cover.jpg2015 Year in Review

Public defense in New Orleans, across Louisiana and throughout our country is in crisis. 2015 saw a continuation of yearly funding shortages and cuts. Years of chronic underfunding due to Louisiana’s user-pay criminal justice system – a system where public defender budgets depend on traffic fines and other fees charged to their poor clients – gave way to the worst public defense crisis since Hurricane Katrina. The shortfalls prompted cuts and service restrictions for the Orleans Public Defenders(OPD).


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