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JOHN LARSON: A public defender in New Orleans, Will Snowden is on his way to jail to meet a client, a man charged with armed robbery and facing a potentially very long prison term.
WILL SNOWDEN: We as a public defender office take our responsibility of representing the poor folks of New Orleans very seriously. And when that becomes in jeopardy because of our workload and our caseload, that’s not something we’re willing to sacrifice.
JOHN LARSON: In his third year on the job, Snowden works six days a week. He’s handling around 75 cases, but he used to juggle 120…until his boss told attorneys in his office to refuse new cases…due to a shortage of funds.
WILL SNOWDEN: It’s very contradictory to the reason why I came here in the first place. I came here to represent poor folks who are charged with crimes, to give them adequate, stellar, quality representation, and nobody in my office is able