Public Defender System in Funding-Shortage Crisis

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With up to 90 percent of criminal defendants in the U.S. qualifying as indigent, the nation spent $5.3 billion on indigent defense systems each year as of 2008, just 2.5 percent of the roughly $200 billion spent on criminal justice by states and local government every year. The depth of the criminal-defense crisis varies in each state, indicative of the complex patchwork of defense systems that are funded and administered differently dependent on jurisdiction, The Guardian . . .

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