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Justice For All?

An in-depth investigation into the public defender system in Indiana.

The Sixth Amendment guarantees citizens the right to representation if accused of a crime. The constitutional protection is meant to ensure everyone gets a defense, regardless of their ability to pay.

Every day people face felony and misdemeanor charges in county courtrooms across Indiana. But, only a small number of them can afford to hire an attorney.

We assume someone will be there to represent us because the Constitution promises us that. But, some legal experts say the phrase “justice for all” may be more accurately described as justice for few.

Part One

Johnson County


Part Two

Inadequate Representation


Part Three

Statewide System?