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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Two pieces on public defender systems

Both via the NACDL news scan:

  • Pa.’s unequal public defender system: Pennsylvania is the only state that does not provide state funding or oversight for its public defense system, leaving the job to its 67 different counties. Today, we’ll explore the effects that this has when it comes to citizens getting adequate representation in court as required by The Constitution. Also, we’ll explore how this funding method affects the politics of the state.
  • Indiana Public Defender Commission pushing for reforms to improve public defense resources: A state agency that helps fund public defense attorneys in Indiana and sets best practice standards plans to push state legislators for policy reforms they say will help protect defendants’ constitutional rights.

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