Me and Mr. Jones: A Systems-Based Analysis of a Catastrophic Defense Outcome

20 Pages Posted: 1 May 2015 Last revised: 6 Sep 2019

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Pamela R. Metzger

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Leo S. Jones spent four months in jail, accused of a probation that had long since expired. His incarceration was illegal. It was also preventable.

In this essay, I describe the unique data collection project that identified Mr. Jones’ case. Then, I analyze the various individual, institutional, and systemic practices that contributed to Mr. Jones’ illegal incarceration. I show how an investigation of Mr. Jones’ case led to the discovery of widespread latent errors that may have adversely affected innumerable other detainees. I conclude by explaining what this case reveals about how data collection and analysis can improve public defender practice.

Keywords: data collection, public defender, incarceration, probation violation, Katrina-Gideon Interview project

Suggested Citation

Metzger, Pamela R., Me and Mr. Jones: A Systems-Based Analysis of a Catastrophic Defense Outcome (2015). 78 Albany Law Review 1261 (2015), Tulane Public Law Research Paper No. 15-4, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2589119

Pamela R. Metzger (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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