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Last month San Bernardino County Public Defender Social Service Practitioners (SSPs) lent support to San Bernardino Fatherhood for two events. Our SSP team co-sponsored the organization’s 24/7 Dad Key Behaviors Workshop, held at the San Bernardino YMCA on Saturday, June 12, 2021, with item donations. Workshop participants learned about the

We are proud to announce that the Law Offices of the Public Defender San Bernardino County has received a 2021 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for our partnership with New Hope, a program of Abundant Living Family Church in the High Desert. New Hope prevents recidivism and assists

On May 27, 2021, more than a dozen Public Defender staff participated in the Way World Outreach Resource Fair in San Bernardino. The staff members (pictured below) received over 300 intake packets that will be processed to help community members get their criminal convictions dismissed so as to obtain employment,

This morning, May 7, 2021, San Bernardino County Public Defender Thomas Sone was invited to speak with the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce on “How the Public Defender’s Role Relates to the Business Community.” The event was held virtually. Mr. Sone, who was formally appointed as Public Defender on

In partnership with The Way World Outreach, San Bernardino County Public Defender staff will be available in person on Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 9am to 2pm, to assist individuals seeking to clear adult felony and misdemeanor records and/or apply for Certificates of Rehabilitation. To sign up, visit or

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors appointed interim Public Defender Thomas Sone to serve as the county’s new Public Defender. Sone has served as interim Public Defender since December 2020 and previously served as Assistant Public Defender. He joined the Public Defender’s Office in

Last week, social service practitioners with the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office gathered donations to create 15 cheerful spring baskets. They delivered the baskets to families around our county, including members of our office’s Children United Through Empowerment (C.U.T.E.) program. We are happy to share in the brightness of

Thank you to our valued community partner Children’s Fund for featuring two of our Social Service Practitioners (SSPs) in their Spring 2021 newsletter! Each of the SSPs, Tasha Brown and Alana Moore, showed their passion, vivacity, and skill in working within their program at the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office.

On March 4, 2021, SBCPD Chief Deputy Public Defender Kellie Byward and Supervising Social Service Practitioners Rebecca Irwin and Brittnay Nail presented “The Forensic Duo: Lawyers and Social Service Practitioners Telling Client Stories to Achieve Better Outcomes for Clients in the Justice System” as part of California Baptist University’s Culture

March is Social Work Month! This month, we celebrate the indispensable work of our social workers at the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office. Social workers have specialized training in helping people access the resources they need to survive and thrive. In the past year of global crisis, our social