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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.

Yesterday, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. The San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office is proud to have supported the resolution. The Los Angeles Times reported: The U.S. Census lists the Black population at 9.4%

Today, June 8, 2020, San Bernardino County Public Defenders stood in solidarity with public defenders from across the country to condemn police brutality and racism!

Thank you to the San Bernardino County Public Defender Diversity Committee for organizing this spring’s water drive. With all the generous donations we received, we were able to deliver bottled water to our desert neighbors in need!

San Bernardino County Public Defender social workers collaborated with New Hope, a program of Victor Valley’s Abundant Living Family Church, to donate a large amount of food and other household items to San Bernardino County Probation for distribution to community members in need! Way to go, team!