Katie and The Black Robin Hood

Artist: John Richie
New Orleans, LA

When Katie Carter of the Office of the Federal Public Defender in New Orleans filmed interviews with clients to show during sentencing at trials, even the harshest judges showed leniency. One client, Christopher Simms had spent most of his life since age thirteen incarcerated. After being repeatedly failed by the criminal justice system, Simms, who calls himself “The Black Robin Hood,” robbed thirteen banks, giving the money to strangers in need. Katie and the Black Robin Hood follows Katie as she attempts to use her innovative approach on Chris’s behalf, demonstrating the power of empathy to reform our justice system.