Decarceration Nation Episode 7: Indigent Defense

Josh and Joel discuss the problems with indigent defense and pre-sentencing investigations.

Full Episode

Atticus Finch

The book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is available at bookstores and the movie starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch is considered a modern classic.

Pre-Sentencing Investigations

When I discuss Pre-Sentencing Investigations with other formerly incarcerated folks, they had similar experiences to the ones we discuss. PSI’s are incredibly under-covered in the criminal justice literature. This CJCJ overview does a good job of covering the basics.

This St. John’s Law Review article talks about many of the prejudicial elements in a pre-sentencing investigation.

Public Defenders

Here is the Ogeltree article that Joel references throughout the episode.

And this Burkhart article does a good job of explaining how overworked and understaffed public defenders are.

White Privilege

The sociological study “American Apartheid” and the book “When Affirmative Action Was White” are available at bookstores.

American Friends Service Committee Event

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