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NCJ Number: NCJ 158909     Find in a Library
Title: Indigent Defense
Series: BJS Selected Findings
Author(s): S K Smith ; C J DeFrances
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Text PDF 
Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Indigent defense services for criminal defendants are described, based on findings from Bureau of Justice Statistics surveys.
Abstract: The analysis revealed that States and localities use several methods for delivering indigent defense services: public defender programs, assigned counsel, and contract attorney systems. Twenty-eight percent of State court prosecutors reported that their jurisdictions used public defender programs exclusively to provide indigent counsel. In 1990, State and local governments spent approximately $1.3 billion on public defender services. About three-fourths of the inmates in State prisons and about half of those in Federal prisons received publicly provided legal counsel for the offense for which they were serving time. In 1992, about 80 percent of defendants charged with felonies in the 75 largest counties relied on a public defender or on assigned counsel for legal representation. However, little current information is available regarding the workload, staffing, procedures, or policies for indigent defense services across the country. Tables
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Indigents ; Court appointed counsel ; Defender systems ; Contract defense services
Note: BJS Selected Findings
   
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