Indiana public defenders seeing progress

The Journal Gazette – Published: August 14, 2011 3:00 a.m. Using court fees and money set aside by the state legislature, 52 Indiana counties received more than $15.7 million during the last fiscal year to help defray the costs of providing defense attorneys to people who can’t afford them. Counties are obligated to provide lawyers for criminal defendants who can’t afford to pay for representation. In some counties, there are only a few attorneys willing to provide the service, which can come with little glory and little pay. To improve the quality of the public defense, the Indiana Public Defender Commission established a set of standards governing the workload public defenders should handle and how much they should be paid for that work. Full story at:

Indiana public defenders seeing progress

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