Meeting with Public DefenderThursday November 12 at 11:30 AM
Scott's Coffee Cafe and Tapas Bar at 201 Carroll St, in Old Town Mandeville.
Suggested reading prior to the meeting: “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative
John Lindner, head of the 22nd Judicial District Public Defender Office will be the speaker at the League of Women Voters of St. Tammany meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 12 at 11:30 AM at Scotts Coffee Cafe and Tapas Bar at 201 Carroll St. in Old Town Mandeville. The meeting is free and open to the public. Lunch is available for purchase if you so desire. RSVP at email@example.com. Mr. Lindner will speak on the role of the 22nd Judicial District Public Defender Office in reducing incarceration by representing suspects who are unable to afford an attorney. Mr. Lindner will also discuss the changes made in the office since 2012.
Members are urged to read “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative to understand how critical the role of the public defender is in preventing unnecessary incarceration. This Alabama organization calls for a fix to our broken justice system. Bryan Stevenson’s TED talk on YouTube is also available.
The Criminal Justice Committee of the League of Women Voters of St. Tammany and Equal Justice Louisiana, a local organization dedicated to ending mass incarceration in Louisiana, are co-sponsoring the meeting.
Close to 40,000 people are incarcerated in Louisiana. The typical prisoner is male, black, seventh grade education and poor. For more information about this topic see equaljusticelouisiana.blogspot.com . For More Information about this meeting contact Bonnie Schmidt, League of Women Voters, at 985 285-5098.
Serving the residents of Abita Springs, Covington, Folsom, Madisonville, Mandeville, Pearl River, Slidell, Sun, and Unincorporated St. Tammany