The Assisted Outpatient Treatment program helps people with serious mental illness and treatment noncompliance.
LA County Public Defender Ricardo García emphasized the need to protect the rights of a population under fire.
Read about LA County Public Defender Ricardo García’s thoughts on the 56th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright in today’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Times.
"Compassion is the main thing I want them to learn. I want them to realize there’s a duty to help other people not as fortunate."
"LA County Public Defenders work tirelessly and often without public praise or understanding of the difficult job of being the foot soldiers of the Constitution."
"Public Defenders really are the most empathetic, passionate, understanding lawyers I’ve met. Here, no one does this for money or prestige, you do it because you believe in it and want to help people."
"You guys saved my life!"
“We have a core mission, we all know it. To be zealous advocates. To treat our clients with dignity. To do our work with integrity. It’s more than just our mission, it’s a human mission.”
"Today, I finally got to meet the lawyers who were able to help me go in the right direction."
"I believe that the commitment of every man and woman in this room right now is aligned with the reality that we can change this for the better. And we will."
"We at the Public Defender want to see our clients be given an opportunity to gain employment, shelter and food for their families."
"Youth perceive custody very differently and do not fully understand the criminal justice system and the consequences of waiving Miranda rights."
"Happy Social Work Month, I wish it could be all year. I am proud of you. You guys do so much tremendous work."
"It’s a great opportunity for us to show people that we are committed to our mission and we are here for them."
"There’s something in my DNA that I just felt that fighting for the underdog was my destiny."
"My goal is to be one of those attorneys who just wants to give back to the community, to be a voice for the people who are otherwise ignored and overlooked."
"We are committed to creating and maintaining a partnership with the community."
“I hope that my daughter learns that being a successful person is not about how much money you make or where your degree was obtained. Rather, it’s about the impact you have on the world."
"This is going to change my life for the better."
“Our job is to show our clients’ humanity.”
“I think we made a difference today.”