January 3, 2008
CrimProf Doug Colbert and Law Students Help New Orleans Inmates Over Break
From examiner.com: Two and half years later, Hurricane Katrina victims fight to keep their homes, while others spend months in jail before overwhelmed prosecutors press charges and still more live in trailers as they wait for new housing.
University of Maryland law students plan to travel to the Gulf Coast this week — and give up their winter vacation — to offer their legal smarts and rebuild broken lives.
One group of students will work at the Baton Rouge, La., public defender’s office interviewing inmates to chip away at the backlog of cases that mushroomed when victims relocated and doubled the state capital’s population.
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