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NCJ Number: NCJ 184932     Find in a Library
Title: Indigent Defense Services in Large Counties, 1999
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Carol J. DeFrances Ph.D. ; Marika F. X. Litras Ph.D.
Date Published: 11/2000
Page Count: 11
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This bulletin contains data regarding indigent defense services in large counties during the year 1999.
Abstract: This bulletin presents findings from the National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems, 1999. The report details the methods by which indigent criminal defense is delivered in the Nation's 100 most populous counties. It also compares the operating expenditures, staffing, and caseloads of the different types of indigent defense services used in those counties. The report examines primarily indigent defense programs that handled felony criminal cases at the trial level, although some of those programs also were responsible for misdemeanor, juvenile, civil, and appellate cases. State governments exclusively funded indigent defense services in 21 States. Approximately one-quarter of the largest 100 counties were in the States that totally funded indigent defense services. Indigent criminal defense providers in the 100 most populous counties received an estimated 4.2 million cases in 1999. Public defenders handled about 82 percent of those 4.2 million cases, assigned counsel attorneys 15 percent, and contract attorneys about 3 percent. Tables, notes, appendix
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Defense counsel ; Sentencing/Sanctions ; Prosecutors ; State courts ; Pretrial release ; Public defenders ; Drug offenders ; Pro se defense ; Courts
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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