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NCJ Number: 228538 Find in a Library
Title: Public Defender Offices, 2007 - Statistical Tables
Series: BJS Selected Findings
Author(s): Lynn Langton; Donald J. Farole Jr.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: 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 offices that provide representation for indigent defendants through a salaried staff of full-time or part-time attorneys who are employed as direct government employees or through a public, nonprofit organization.
Abstract: Public defender offices are categorized according to whether they are principally funded and administered at the State government level, county level, or through a combination of county and State government. Topics include public defender office staffing, caseloads, expenditures, and standards and guidelines used by the nearly 1,000 public defender offices found across 49 States and the District of Columbia. Highlights include the following: In 2007, 964 public defender offices across the Nation received nearly 6 million indigent defense cases; half of all State-based public defender offices had formal caseload limits in place in 2007; and misdemeanor cases accounted for about 40 percent of all cases received by State-based public defender offices and about 50 percent of the cases received by county-based offices.
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Indigent Defense; Legal aid services; Public defenders
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