Anecdotal Evidence: Problems with Privatizing Public Defense

In a past article, I’ve squarely criticized the government tendency to “subcontract” indigent defendants’ cases out to private attorneys. This morning I came across this effective illustration of both the situation and the potential disadvantages. The piece was written this past August detailing some California counties’ use of a contract-firm to replace their public defenders offices. I highly recommend you give it a read. My thanks to Elizabeth Renter, the author of this equally effective summary piece about indigent defense in America, for linking to it in the first place.

-Zachary Cloud

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