In 1997, Ricky Kidd was sentenced to life without parole for a double homicide he says he didn’t commit. And he says his court-appointed lawyer is the reason. From the PBS NewsHour, a look inside Missouri’s public defender system at a crisis point and what it means for serving justice in America.
After 23 years behind bars, Ricky Kidd finally gets a new day in court.
Data changed things for public defenders in Missouri, and ultimately led to a state-wide showdown with the governor.
What happens if your defense attorney is so overloaded they can't handle the case that could cost you your freedom?
Americans didn't always have the right to an attorney. It all started with a pool hall robbery in Florida, and a drifter named Clarence Earl Gideon.
The Focus on Justice series continues as Frank Carlson, Alec Karakatsanis and Ricky Kidd discuss the criminalization of poverty including the challenges of receiving legal aid from a public defender.
The ABA recognized the Pulitzer Center-supported PBS NewsHour podcast series, Broken Justice.
"Broken Justice," a PBS NewsHour podcast supported by the Pulitzer Center, was recognized in the Radio category.