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Face The Nation

I just heard John Dickerson say that on his show today:

Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump
Ted Cruz

Notice anybody missing?
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Mar 6, 2016, 11:25 AM (14 replies)

Louisiana's public defense system could collapse without renewed cash flow

Source: The Guardian

The state of Louisiana is the world capital of incarceration. It locks up more of its citizens than anywhere else on the globe Ė some 1,341 out of every 100,000 people.

Thatís twice the US national average (716), nearly three times the per capita rate in Russia (475) and nine times that of the UK (148). Itís even substantially higher than North Koreaís (thought to be around 800).

Now the Pelican state is in the throes of a crisis that is certain to propel its already astronomical incarceration rate to new heights. Its public defender service, a network of state-funded lawyers that provides legal representation to poor Louisianans, is in meltdown, with most of its district offices set to cancel all new cases or close down entirely by next summer.

An assessment by the Louisiana public defender board obtained by the Guardian warns that by July of 2017, as many as 33 of the stateís 42 districts are likely to be so short of cash they will be forced to stop representing clients. Eleven of those districts may be forced to shut down by this October.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/04/louisiana-public-defense-system-cash-flow-collapse

We need to do some crowd funding to help the Louisiana Public Defenders Service. Does anyone know how to set it up? This is a tragedy.
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Fri Mar 4, 2016, 10:42 PM (30 replies)
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