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NCJ Number: 228229 Find in a Library
Title: State Public Defender Programs, 2007
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Lynn Langton; Donald Farole, Jr., Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: September 2010
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines the provision of public defender services in the 22 States that had an entirely State-funded and State-administered indigent defense program in 2007.
Abstract: The report presents an overview of State public defender programs in the context of public defender offices nationwide. It also provides State-by-State data on staffing, expenditures, attorney training, program standards and guidelines, and caseload data, including the number and types of cases received by State public defender programs and the number of attorneys needed to meet professional caseload guidelines. Trends in caseloads, staffing, and expenditures from 1999 to 2007 are also examined. Highlights include the following: State programs spent more than $830 million representing indigent defendants, which was about 14 percent of total State expenditures for all judicial and legal functions in 2007; public defender programs in the 13 States with death penalty statutes spent a combined $11.3 million providing capital case representation in 2007; and misdemeanor and ordinance violations accounted for the largest share (43 percent) of cases received by public defender programs. Figures and tables (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Defender systems
Index Term(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Contract defense services; Court appointed counsel; Defense services; Indigents; Public defenders
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