MinnPost surveyed 158 public defenders in Minnesota, and the results paint a bleak picture of justice for the poor.
See the full results of the survey here.
(MinnPost graphic by Kaeti Hinck.)
Some very nice data-assisted reporting.
Totally off-topic, I just find it interesting that the illustration is of a woman. I couldn’t find data about the percentage of Minnesota public defenders who are female, but over 70% of lawyers (in general) are male. Then again, this is a graphic about lawyers being unprepared fuck-ups who can’t do their job…
We talked about this very issue as I was creating the illustration. The first draft had a man, and we found that problematic/limiting, too (in a “what, every lawyer is a male?” sort of way).
I’d also like to mention that this graphic isn’t about lawyers being unprepared fuck-ups, but rather about a system that has completely overworked its already meager staff. So many public defender positions have been cut, which has left the remaining lawyers with enormous, unmanageable case loads. They responded to this survey with striking honesty about the real limitations they experience every day. That doesn’t mean they’re not good at their jobs or not trying to do everything they can to help the people they’re defending (certainly there is a wide spectrum of dedication in any industry).
We appreciate the feedback, very very much. I just wanted to make it known that I was, in fact, thinking about the “lady lawyer” problem.
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