PBS NewsHour

Broken Justice

In 1997, Ricky Kidd was sentenced to life without parole for a double homicide he says he didn't commit. And he says his court-appointed lawyer is the reason. In the U.S. justice system, everyone has the right to an attorney, even if you can't afford one. But what happens when your lawyer is overworked, underfunded and unable to do their job? From the PBS NewsHour, a look inside Missouri's public defender system at a crisis point and what it means for serving justice in America. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

In 1997, Ricky Kidd was sentenced to life without parole for a double homicide he says he didn't commit. And he says his court-appointed lawyer is the reason. In the U.S. justice system, everyone has the right to an attorney, even if you can't afford one. But what happens when your lawyer is overworked, underfunded and unable to do their job? From the PBS NewsHour, a look inside Missouri's public defender system at a crisis point and what it means for serving justice in America. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

Episodes: 8

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Introducing America, Interrupted

Duration: 25 min

Epilogue: Life after life in prison

Duration: 35 min

Episode 5: Where do we go from here?

Duration: 37 min

Episode 4: Public defenders fight back

Duration: 23 min

Episode 3: When things go wrong

Duration: 28 min

Episode 2: How did we get here?

Duration: 30 min

Episode 1: Triage

Duration: 26 min

Broken Justice Trailer

Duration: 1 min

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