Future Directions of Public Defenders

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    • 00:03

      SPEAKER 1: Looking into the futureand where I see my field going, oneof the good things is-- is I have some of the best jobsecurity there is.Thankfully, because of Gideon Wainwright,and in 1963 when it became the lawthat everyone is entitled to an attorney--I pretty much have job security for the rest of my life.So looking into the future and where's this going to be,

    • 00:25

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: it's hopefully getting more and more people who reallybelieve in the system and want to dothis for the right reasons.As far as the different types of casesthat we may face in the future, I think one of the hot topicsis always capital punishment.And right now in Colorado, we stilldo have capital punishment.So we are still having to deal with that.

    • 00:47

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: My hope as a public defender is that somedaythat is not an issue we have to deal withand that Colorado does get rid of the death penalty.But I definitely do see that as a continuing fightthat we have.Another hot topic, specifically for Colorado,was the change in drug laws.Last October we had some major shifts in the type of penalties

    • 01:08

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: and what people face.And additionally with marijuana becoming legal here,it has changed some of the dynamics of what type of caseswe field.But overall, I don't see a huge shift in what type of caseswe'll be dealing with.

Future Directions of Public Defenders

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Kathryn Herold discusses her career as a public defender and the types of cases she expects to see in the future.

Future Directions of Public Defenders

Kathryn Herold discusses her career as a public defender and the types of cases she expects to see in the future.

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