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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"Philly program teaches defendants how to help themselves"

From WTIF, via the NACDL news scan. In part:

The participatory defense program, which meets weekly, teaches people how to present themselves as a whole person, by, among other things, tapping the resources of the community of people who know the defendant as more than a criminal.

That package includes training defendants about the facts of their case; teaching them how to write a biography; obtaining letters of support; and identifying friends and loved ones who will vouch for them in court.

Philadelphia Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey says she had to get creative to do battle with the better-resourced district attorney's office.

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