Today on the Public Defenseless Podcast I spoke with the former Chief Public Defender of Knoxville, Tennessee, Mark Stephens. 
As one of the few remaining places in the country that still elect their public defenders, Tennessee possesses a unique culture and unique challenges. With the help of people like Mark, places like Knoxville were able to foster a positive culture for indigent defense representation and a forward thinking infrastructure plan that envisioned what a public defender office could be. 
Unfortunately, reports over the decades from Shelby County, Rutherford County, and around the state reveal that Tennessee Public Defense is struggling mightily. Tune in to hear about those struggles, the major drivers of them, and what, if anything can be done to get Tennessee on the track to providing adequate representation to all who need it.
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