Should public defenders help shield metro Atlantans from eviction?A household's belongings are strewn across the yard after an eviction. (Credit: Kelly Jordan)
If folks facing criminal charges are afforded legal representation by the government, shouldn’t people at risk of eviction be extended the same privilege? Some public officials and legal professionals in metro Atlanta think so.
Earlier this month, Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond introduced legislation that seeks to provide public defenders to tenants facing dispossessory claims in the Fulton County Magistrate Court. DeKalb County Commissioner Ted Terry thinks something similar could help his constituents on the cusp of displacement.
Whether such a system is feasible in the metro area, though, is another question.