We are the public defenders of the 15th Judicial District of Louisiana. We proudly represent thousands of indigent men and women who have been accused of crimes. In the face of massive budget shortfalls and severe under-funding, we are facing imminent collapse.
Without immediate action, our offices will effectively shut down as soon as February 16th, 2016. This means that most lawyers will be furloughed indefinitely. This means that thousands of men and women will be denied representation in their criminal matters. This means that the jails will flood, all ongoing litigation will stop, and the wheels of justice will come to a grinding halt.
If you've ever wondered what it feels like to be a public defender, what it means to do this work, or how tightly the men and women engaged in this struggle hold their sworn duty to uphold the rights conferred upon the people of this nation, you have come to the right place.
These are the stories you don't hear. This is what it means to be a public defender. This is what we fight for.