Rhode Island Public Defender

Our mission is to provide high quality representation to our clients, fulfilling the governmental obligation of effective assistance of counsel, fundamental fairness and due process. Our goal is to provide client-centered advice, holistic representation and zealous advocacy. Our commitment is to treat our clients with dignity, compassion and fairness.
Mary S. McElroy, Public Defender

In the Press

The Rhode Island Public Defender's Office is pleased to announce the publication of its new "Bench Warrant and Court Debt" pamphlet as well as an accompanying tip sheet:"Court Debt: Tips for Self-Advocacy and Avoiding Bench Warrants".

We would like to thank Glen Whitehead of Sullivan Whitehead & DeLuca LLP and Nick Horton of Open Doors RI for their assistance with these materials.

Reference: "Court Debt and Related Incarceration in Rhode Island from 2005 through 2007" published by OpenDoors (then, the Rhode Island Family Life Center). To access this article, click here.

June 18 at 10:30 AM: Free Expungement Workshop by the Rhode Island Public Defender at OpenDoors RI, 485 Plainfield Street, Providence, RI. Bring a copy of your BCI if you have one. For more information, contact OpenDoors at (401) 781-5808

Michael DiLauro Receives NACDL's 2011 Inaugural Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawers
August, 2011

System Overload: The Costs of Under-Resourcing Public Defense
Justice Policy Institute
July, 2011

Rhode Island Eyewitness ID Reform
The Crime Report
June 13, 2011

Public defender's diligence rights a wrong
The Providence Journal
April 6, 2011

166 years later, a bid to right anti-immigrant wrong
The Providence Journal
March 31, 2011

Governor Chafee asked to posthumously pardon last man executed in Rhode Island
The Providence Journal
January 31, 2011

R.I. truants who offend magistrates are sent straight to jail
The Providence Journal
December 12, 2010

Mission of Rhode Island task force is to improve eyewitness reports
The Providence Journal
August 16, 2010

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