Defender attorneys are part of a dynamic team that includes social workers, paralegals, mitigation specialists, investigators, and administrative professionals who play critical roles serving our clients and communities.
Complementing our trial practice, the Defender Association focuses on meeting the needs of clients pre-trial and following incarceration.
We work with justice partners and stakeholders to change the culture of mass incarceration. By working to end cash bail, reform probation/parole practices, support successful diversion programs, and empower communities to play a more active role in the criminal justice process, we can fundamentally change our system to reduce racial disparities and end our over-reliance on incarceration.
The Defender Association of Philadelphia represents approximately seventy percent of all persons arrested in Philadelphia. Clients are represented by full time Assistant Defenders who are members of the Pennsylvania Bar and who are not permitted to maintain a private practice or to participate in partisan political activity.