Defend Nashville: Public Defender Launches New Campaign

“Public defenders toil with short staffs and shoestring budgets to uphold that last bit in your Miranda rights.” That's one of the messages from the Metro Nashville Public Defenders office, which launched a new campaign – Defend Nashville – to make its defenders a more prominent part of the judicial-reform debate. The Nashville Scene profiles the initiative, which includes Public Defender Dawn Deaner and her colleagues addressing crowds to share “about a city that few outside the halls of the downtown courthouse ever see.” The office has also launched a court watch program that allows citizens to spend a day in court with a public defender.

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