Public Defender Board Overhaul

National Defender Organizations Join to Express Opposition to Louisiana Public Defender Overhaul Legislation

In 2024, SB 8, legislation considered during a special session, would replace the multi-stakeholder Louisiana Public Defender Board with a state public defender selected by the Governor. In a letter addressed to the Senate Judiciary Committee members, the organizations emphasize how the proposal would undermine the independence of the defense function in Louisiana, further eroding the community’s trust in legal institutions while negatively impacting public safety.

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