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Head shot of Ricardo GarciaLA County's new public defender is guided by 'presumption of innocence'

This fall, UCSC alum Ricardo Garcia will take the helm of the LA County Public Defender's Office—the largest and oldest public defender's unit in the country. Continue»

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Want to experience the 6x9-foot world of solitary confinement? The Guardian's virtual reality project with Legal Studies Professor Craig Haney puts viewers inside a concrete cell. Continue »

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