Criminal defense, support, and resources for the communities of the greater Houston area


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Get an inside look into one of America's largest and most infamous criminal justice systems.


Practical help and information for the community and for lawyers.


Data and reports on the system in Harris County.

Our Mission

We fight for you - in court and beyond. Empowering communities, changing the system, and winning cases.

Our People

The PDO is a team of lawyers, investigators, social workers, and staff - all working together for you

Meet the Defenders
“My husband once told me that I care too much. And I had to explain to him, well, that’s the reason I do this. Because there are so many people who don't care.” Tolu Nelms, First Assistant Public Defender
“People facing charges get to see somebody who’s been in their position and made it through - because if they don’t see it, they can’t conceive it.” Christina Allen, Mother of PDO Client
“It’s not the act that defines your life. It’s how you respond to it. Knowing that gives you power, because you understand that you still have choices.” Anthony Graves, Director of Community Outreach

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