New Government Report: Public Defender Offices
Public Defender Offices, 2007: Statistical Tables
by Lynn Langton, Donald J. Farole jr.
Paperback, 17 pages, 2009, $15.00
Examines offices that provide representation for indigent defendants through a salaried staff of full-time or part-time attorneys employed as direct government employees or through a public, nonprofit organization. Public defender (PD) offices are categorized according to whether they are funded and admin. at the state government level, the county level, or through a combination of state and county government.
Topics include PD office staffing, caseloads, expenditures, and standards and guidelines used by the nearly 1,000 PD offices across 49 states and the D.C. In 2007, 964 PD offices across the nation received nearly 6 million indigent defense cases. Misdemeanor cases accounted for about 40% of all cases received by PD offices. Extensive charts and tables.