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Public Defenders and Defense Attorneys: Help ProPublica Report on Criminal Justice

Help us tell stories that can make a difference in how the U.S. criminal justice system works.

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ProPublica’s journalism is propelled by the people who share their observations, advice, expertise and inside knowledge with us. Public defenders and defense attorneys have long been important to our work.

As our staff grows, we are experimenting with better ways to stay in touch. This is one of them: If you are a current or former public defender or criminal defense attorney, we invite you to add your name to our list of volunteer sources. We may contact you with questions about your expertise and the intricacies of the criminal justice system. We will also share occasional updates about stories in the works.

We also welcome your suggestions for stories. Our coverage focuses on patterns of misconduct and systemic harm. We look for untold stories about abuses of the criminal justice system, such as prosecutorial or judicial misconduct, wrongful convictions and inequities. We typically do not publish articles about individual incidents, but your collective observations will help us identify bigger issues and themes.

By filling out the form below and sharing it with others, you will help us tell stories that can make a difference in how the U.S. criminal justice system works.

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