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Public Defender: Lawyer For The People Hardcover – May 30, 1991

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Grade 5-9-- In a photographic essay, the Hewetts examine the role of public defender. This is not a romanticized version of a high-paying career in law. This book will appeal to those interested in the criminal justice system and the interpretation of the sixth amendment. The female public defender, an Asian-American, is shadowed as she moves through her day: interviewing her client, representing the defendant in arraignment court, providing guidance in plea bargaining, requesting an alternative sentence when she is convinced that it is a better solution than a lengthy jail term. In addition to learning about Janice Fukai's challenging career, readers will find background information about the public defender system in our country; the specific program in Los Angeles County; and the training, selection, and supervision of novices. Those doing research on careers will find this brief book with its wide margins and many captivating black-and-white photos both interesting and appealing. An excellent resource from a very talented husband and wife team. --Miriam Hansen, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire, WI
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From Kirkus Reviews

Janice Fukai, a public defender for Los Angeles County, represents people who cannot afford private attorneys. Author and photographer follow Fukai from early a.m. arraignments through preliminary hearings, plea bargaining, jury selection, and a trial, including pithy quotes from Fukai on the criminal justice system, her clients, and the public defender system. The many b&w photos--taken in the courtroom, hallways, and lock-up--capture the energy, determination, and grit of this dedicated young Japanese-American. An appealing, upbeat portrait that provides a good overview of the criminal justice system as well as career information. Glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10- 14) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Lodestar Books; 1st edition (May 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525673407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525673408
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,024,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book provides a compelling look, in words and photographs, of the day in the life of a Los Angeles County public defender.

I recommend this book to use in elementary school classroom reading, to open up a dialogue about the criminal justice system and how each American charged with a crime has the right to an attorney, and why we have public defenders, to provide legal counsel to those who can't afford to hire their own lawyer.

Janice Fukai is still with the PD's office as of this writing (early 2008).
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