Great article! Couldn’t agree more that we need more/better public defenders and to loosen petty drug possesion charges. Maybe the government could offer a loan forgiveness program for law school grads that go into public defense. In California thousands of prisoners are being released prior to the end of the sentences due to severe overcrowding of state prisons. They are attempting to release “low-risk” offenders, however this problem would be reduced by merely implementing the thoughts put forward in your article and not putting the low-risk people in prison in the first place.