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Chasing Gideon; the elusive quest for poor people's justice.


Chasing Gideon; the elusive quest for poor people's justice.

Houppert, Karen.

The New Press


274 pages




In the 50 years since the Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright, which established the constitutional right to free counsel for the poor when accused of a crime, the problem of providing legal representation for poor defendants has reached crisis proportions. In this in-depth yet accessible exploration, Houppert (MA in Writing Program, Johns Hopkins University) analyzes Gideon v. Wainwright and four modern cases that are representative of the indigent defense crisis. The cases are made especially poignant with the voices and stories of the actual defendants caught in a dysfunctional system in which innocent people are routinely jailed and denied basic access to an attorney. The author also describes innovative efforts of committed lawyers and policymakers to fix the broken system. B&w photos of the defendants are included. The author's work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine and the New York Times.

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Date:Oct 1, 2013
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