Friday, May 8, 2009

Lack of funding affects representation of indigent defendants

I have blogged before about the problems in our criminal justice sytem due to the inadequate funding for programs that provide representation to indigent defendants. (See here).

Similarly, The National Law is reporting today, that "an ongoing state funding shortage has left a number of indigent criminal defendants in Georgia without lawyers and that "a chronic problem of unpaid state legal bills, especially in expensive capital cases in which Georgia's public defenders are conflicted out of the representation, has made private lawyers unwilling to take on such cases, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution."

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