In defense of indigent defense-how the broken public defense system exacerbates racial disparities

This is something that if you are from the ‘hood you already know. To be adequately represented under the law takes money and lots of it. How many people do you know that did a stretch of time in prison for a mediocre non-violent crime that if they had just had access to a couple thousand dollars they would not have needed to do time at all? I have known of public defenders who actually nodded off to sleep during proceedings and actually told people I know that “… I don’t have a clue how to defend this…” Good article from Elizabeth Renter.

In defense of indigent defense-how the broken public defense system exacerbates racial disparities | Race-Talk.

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2 Responses to In defense of indigent defense-how the broken public defense system exacerbates racial disparities

  1. If you can afford to hire an attorney, you often get more time put into your case. However, there are many excellent public defenders (that’s where I got my start), and there are many bad public defenders. The same is true with private attorneys (which I am now) – many excellent ones, and many who are bad.

    It is true though – if you have money, you can afford to hire more experts, more investigators, and you can afford to hire an attorney who should be able to spend more time on your case and with you, than a public defender can due to their heavy caseloads. I agree with you – the indigent defense system needs work.

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