“Public Defender Contestation and Compliance in Southern Courtrooms”
“Public Defender Contestation and Compliance in Southern Courtrooms” examines the role of public defenders in criminal justice reform and transformation using a multimethod case study of Gideon’s Promise, an Atlanta-based public defense organization that trains defenders to resist mass incarceration. Caity Curry finds that many Gideon’s Promise attorneys in the U.S. South engage in resistance lawyering, using their skills to combat mass criminalization and entrenched class and racial inequalities.
Curry (they/them) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Their research uses qualitative methods to investigate how the criminal legal system exacerbates and legitimizes racial and class inequalities.
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