Many residents who face trial don’t own or don’t have access to an outfit that would portray them in the best light.
For years, the Hennepin County Public Defender has kept a room full of suits, button-up shirts, dresses, shoes and more to best present the clients who they advise. Staff affectionately refers to the room as the client closet.
Inside, clients can find dress clothes for all shapes and sizes which they may borrow for trial and other court appearances.
“When most people are arrested, they aren’t wearing attire they would wear for an interview, let alone a jury or judge,” said Moriarty, “We all make assumptions based on our first impressions of people and what they’re wearing, so we want our clients to look good in court.”