Rhode Island public defender system an example to follow

By Kimberley Donoghue, Providence Business News Web Editor WASHINGTON – There is a chasm between the Sixth Amendment “right to counsel” and a right to quality representation in judicial proceedings, according to the Justice Policy Institute. The Rhode Island Public Defender’s approach, however, is a model to follow, it said in its July report “System Overload: The costs of under-resourcing public defense.” The public defense system in the United States serves millions of people every year, it said, but many systems across the country have been in a state of “chronic crisis” for decades. [Full story at: http://www.pbn.com/RI-public-defender-an-example-to-follow-,60089 ]

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Rhode Island public defender system an example to follow