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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

Continuing its ongoing partnership with Inland Empire Rebound, the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s office collected toys for 42 children of incarcerated parents for the annual Angel Tree Toy Giveaway! Many thanks to Owen Duckworth and the IE Rebound team for your work in the community. Interim Public Defender Thomas

The San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office was thrilled to spread holiday joy with Sistas Making A Difference and Never Stop Grinding Impact through their toy giveaway. Thank you for this opportunity to collaborate, and thank you to all the SBCPD team members who contributed toys! Supervising Deputy Public Defender

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