The Daily Reflector: Public defenders ensure accused don’t stand alone

This is an extremely informative article that addresses common misconceptions of what a “public defender” is.

“The public defender has 3,394 pending cases, and an additional 2,603 cases have private attorneys appointed by the court from outside the public defender’s office, Kemp said. Each defender works about 100 cases at a time, he said.

“We’ve found, through trial and error, that about 100 cases is a manageable number, but a lot depends on the cases,” Kemp said. “Seven murder cases is like handling 50 to 100 smaller cases. But we don’t like to measure and weigh cases that way, asking what one case is worth against another.”

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