Chasing Gideon: Issues in Public Defense

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In this lesson plan, students explore the right to counsel, identify problems in American public criminal defense systems, and suggest and analyze solutions to address these problems.

Students should have some background knowledge in the basics of the criminal justice system prior to participating in this lesson.

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This lesson is based on the book “Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice” by Karen Houppert (© 2013 Karen Houppert) and published by The New Press. The creation and distribution of this lesson was funded by The New Press. Learn more about Chasing Gideon at

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