Louisiana Can’t Afford to Pay for Public Defenders, So Inmates Are Pleading Guilty

Louisiana Can’t Afford to Pay for Public Defenders, So Inmates Are Pleading Guilty

Michael Carter has spent more than a year and a half in jail waiting for a trial. Even still, the 27-year-old smiles easily when telling his story. His face is framed by an 8-by-4 inch window that separates the inmates at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison from their visitors. Like most people standing in the caged area of the visiting room, Carter is black.

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