About the event
In Search of Gideon...
The Real Work of the Yolo County Public Defender's Office
Saturday, November 4, 2017 -6 pm to 9 pm
The US Supreme Court's landmark 1963 decision Gideon v. Wainwright granted criminal defendants the right to counsel. Gideon ushered in a new era of public defenders representing clients too poor to pay for their defense. The disparity between haves and have nots in our society means that most of those arrested each year are represented by one of the country's approximately 15,000 public defenders.
Each year, the Yolo County Public Defender's Office represents 75 to 80 percent of all felony defendants in Yolo County. Yolo County is in the middle of state crime rankings but near the top in per capita trials and incarceration rates.
The Yolo County Public Defender's Office finds itself on the front line of a battle for social justice and the fight to change a criminal justice system often characterized as unjust, cruel and inhumane.
On November 4, 2017, you will hear first-hand accounts about some of the critical cases the Yolo County Public Defender's Office has faced in recent years.
Tracie Olson, Yolo County Public Defender will give an introduction about public defense and the work of her office.
Andrea Pelochino, Deputy Public Defender will talk about the state of juvenile justice. Science has finally convinced the courts that brain development lags for youths. The youthful offender parole process is a direct result of the work.
Dan Hutchinson, Deputy Public Defender will discuss a recent murder trial in which he got an acquittal based on self-defense.
Monica Brushia, Deputy Public Defender will discuss an acquittal based on shaken baby syndrome
Additional Speakers: There may be several other Yolo County Deputy public defenders presenting work on their cases on a variety of issues including gangs, marijuana, mental health court and other criminal justice reforms.
Why should you sponsor?
We are a non-profit, independent journalism organization. We speak for the people and are advocates for social justice. Our event, In Search of Gideon, is based off the real work of the Yolo County Public Defenders Office.
The organization was founded in 2006 and we have since covered many cases in Yolo County. In 2006 we started the Vanguard Court Watch Program, where we have student interns go and sit on live cases and trials at the court house. We have caught many things that woud've been swept under the rug since the start of this program.
We are growing and looking to help and reach more people. There are many flaws in the justice system that we stive to change. Change starts wiht speaking and making awareness, which is what we do.
My name is Marissa Barrera and I am the Assistant Director for the Davis. I met with the founder of the Vangaurd through an unfortunate event but have since become a big supporter of the Vanguard. This is a non-profit that I am proud to work for because I see all the difference theytruly make and all the work they do for the community.
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