Funded by the Ford Foundation, Gideonat50 is a one-stop-shop that lets visitors:

- Learn about America’s public defender crisis,

- See what the public defender system in each state looks like through an interactive map,

- Hear from experts in the field, and

- Sign up to get involved in the Gideonat50 campaign.

The site also features information about three powerful works of literature and film:

Chasing Gideon, a book by veteran reporter Karen Houppert that movingly chronicles the stories of people in all parts of the country who have relied on Gideon’s promise.

Defending Gideon, a short film produced by The Constitution Project and narrated by actor Martin Sheen that features interviews with the key players in the Gideon v. Wainwright case.

Gideon’s Army, a Sundance award-winning documentary by director Dawn Porter that follows three young public defenders challenging a broken justice system.

Below are some representative stories covering the Gideon Anniversary -

A Promise Worth Keeping: Restoring Fairness to America's Justice ...

Huffington Post (blog)-by Jonathan Rapping

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled that every accused person be ...

How Americans Lost the Right to Counsel

The Atlantic-Mar 13, 2013

Exactly 50 years ago, on March 18, 1963, the United States Supreme Court unanimously announced in Gideon v. Wainwright that the Sixth ...

When a Minister Is Murdered, There Is No Right to Counsel

The Atlantic-Mar 7, 2013

That's the message the Supreme Court is sending as we approach the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, a famous defendants' rights ...

You have the right to counsel. Or do you?

USA TODAY-Mar 12, 2013

It was in his case, Gideon v. Wainwright, that the Supreme Court ruled 50 years ago this month that everyone accused of a serious crime has a ...

Too Many Still Wait to Hear Gideon's Trumpet

Huffington Post (blog)

Fifty years ago, 52-year old drifter Clarence Earl Gideon was prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced without a lawyer to five years imprisonment for stealing bottled drinks and vending machine coins from a pool hall in Panama City, Florida. Mr. Gideon's appeal ...

Gideon v. Wainright 50th Anniversary: Serious Problems Persist In Indigent ...

Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- It is not the happiest of birthdays for the landmark Supreme Court decision that, a half-century ago, guaranteed a lawyer for criminal defendants who are too poor to afford one. A unanimous high court issued its decision in Gideon v.

'Gideon' at 50 and the right to counsel: Their words


Washington (CNN) -- Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Gideon v Wainwright in which the justices unanimously affirmed a constitutional right to a lawyer for criminal defendants too poor to afford one. Much has ...

A 'nobody's' legacy: How a semi-literate ex-con changed the legal system (blog)

If you've heard of Clarence Earl Gideon at all, it's probably because of a movie you had to watch in school. He deserves better, though, because 50 years ago Monday he fundamentally changed the American legal system and your rights if you are accused of ...

Gideon's Muted Trumpet

New York Times

After Gideon, things got better for poor defendants in the short term. Thousands who had not had lawyers at trial were released from jail. Many states and localities created public defenders' offices. But political and legal developments soon eroded those ...

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