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SBCPD won first place among San Bernardino County departments in the county’s 2020 ShakeOut video competition! There were a record number of participants this year. Click above to watch SBCPD’s video showing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On whether working in the office or from home. Read more about

This November, the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s office collaborated once again with Inland Empire Rebound to donate 53 Thanksgiving baskets to families in our reentry population. Each basket contained all the fixings for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner, as well as a gift card for the turkey. Thank you to

In the California State Association of Counties‘ Administration of Justice & Public Safety category, the San Bernardino County Public Defender won a 2020 Challenge Award for the Virtual Court Program, which allows public defenders to work with their clients remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic safely with videoconferencing. Read more about

San Bernardino County Public Defender Christopher Gardner, Supervising Deputy Public Attorney Yarrow Neubert, and Deputy Public Defender Daniel Messner are quoted in the San Bernardino Sun‘s coverage of client Dennis Mayfield’s case. “Mr. Mayfield is a person who was treated unjustly at every stage of his case because of the color

On July 30, 2020, the San Bernardino County Superior Court hosted a virtual town hall, “Civil Unrest and Racism: What Are We Doing?” San Bernardino County Public Defender Christopher Gardner spoke, along with Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, 47th District Assemblymember Eloise Reyes-Gomez, District Attorney Jason Anderson, Undersheriff Shannon Dicus,

SBCPD’s Supervising Deputy Public Defender Derrick Smith, head of the office’s Post-Conviction Unit, was recently featured on attorney Joe Richardson’s podcast, Joespeak!: “In this episode, South Central L.A. native, attorney Derrick Smith, Supervising Deputy Public Defender in San Bernardino County, talks about the origin of his passion for criminal defense

San Bernardino County Public Defenders from the Human Services Division provided legal information and services at the UNITEEE Youth Accountability Committee picnic in San Bernardino on Saturday, July 18, 2020. The Youth Accountability Committee is a teen-led effort against gun violence in San Bernardino. Photos below courtesy of UNITEEE. Members

On June 24, 2020, the Rethink Public Safety coalition held a virtual town hall on Racism, Anti-Blackness, and Community Needs with San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson, Public Defender G. Christopher Gardner, and Sheriff John McMahon. The moderators asked DA Anderson to address the ongoing case of Lawrence Bender,

San Bernardino County Public Defender Christopher Gardner authored an op-ed in the Daily Journal, July 6, 2020, on SBCPD’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read a pdf of the full article here. Excerpt: The pandemic raises the stakes in serious and conflicting ways. Having our clients locked up during a

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized our Children United Through Empowerment (C.U.T.E.) program with a 2020 Achievement Award! Children United Through Empowerment (C.U.T.E.) was created to bring a voice to the pain, stigma, and protective factors that are necessary for the success of children coping with parental incarceration.