public defenders

February 20, 2020

Public defenders should not be forced to rely on fines and fees

Public defenders’ offices in Louisiana get much – an in some cases, all – of their funding from fines and fees. For the low-income people that rely on public defenders because they can’t afford private attorneys, these same fines and fees can be the source of crushing debt. Read more...

January 17, 2017

Jan. 17: Midyear deficit confirmed

Louisiana will once again have to endure midyear budget cuts amid a shortfall pegged at $313 million by the Legislature’s economist.
October 3, 2016

Oct. 3: Poor residents face toughest rebuild

The catastrophic floods that hit the Baton Rouge region in August did not discriminate, hitting rich, poor and middle class neighborhoods all the same.
May 6, 2016

Is Louisiana’s death penalty worth the price?

At a time when essential services are threatened by state budget cuts, the high cost and poor return on investment of the death penalties suggest it’s time for a pause.