National Report: State budget cuts clog criminal justice system

By GREG BLUESTEIN – Associated Press October 26, 2011 – updated 2 hours 5 minutes ago ATLANTA — Prosecutors are forced to ignore misdemeanor violations to pursue more serious crimes. Judges are delaying trials to cope with layoffs and strained staffing levels. And in some cases, those charged with violent crimes, even murder, are set free because caseloads are too heavy to ensure they receive a speedy trial. Deep budget cuts to courts, public defenders, district attorney’s and attorney general offices are testing the criminal justice system across the country. In the most extreme cases, public defenders are questioning whether their clients are getting a fair shake. Exact figures on the extent of the cuts are hard to come by, but an American Bar Association report in August found that most states cut court funding…[For full story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45049812/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/# ]

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National Report: State budget cuts clog criminal justice system

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