A review of the public defense systems in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, and California
Invaluable reporting as always from Radley Balko.
If public officials were required to use indigent defense, funding would triple overnight.
Just one typo I noticed: "Jefferson County spends about $15.40 per capita on its dedicated office, while Montgomery County spends $2207 (these figures include the money paid to private attorneys for conflict cases) Etowah County ($18.44) and Lauderdale County ($18.07) contract all cases to private attorneys, and both spend somewhere in between those two figures..."
either indigent defense attorneys in Montgomery County are REALLY well paid, or you missed a decimal.