July 15, 2020 Public Defense

Hero Public Defenders Respond to COVID-19

Malia Brink

In mid-March, as the realities of the spread of COVID-19 had only started to become clear, most lawyers were sent home and life slowed down. Concern swirled around adaptation to the various levels of shutdown, family and health concerns, and personal and professional economics. But for public defenders, walking out of the office and slowing down was not an option. COVID-19 posed an extraordinary threat to their clients, requiring them to do more and fight harder than ever before. So many rose to the challenge, and their actions saved lives. They may also change, long term, how we look at incarceration.

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