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State Funded Indigent Defense Services, 1999

NCJ Number
Date Published
September 2001
11 pages
Carol J. DeFrances
Publication Series
This report presents findings from data collected as part of the 1999 National Survey of Indigent Defense systems in the 21 States where the State government provides virtually all of the funding for indigent defense services.
The report examines the type of defender programs used in the 21 States and how the programs are organized. State operating expenditures for criminal indigent services are presented in the aggregate and by program type. Staffing and caseload data also are presented for public defender, assigned counsel, and contract attorneys programs. Highlights include the following: the 21 States, accounting for 27 percent of the U.S. population, spent $662 million on indigent criminal defense services in 1999, more than double the total amount in 1982 in constant dollars. In 1999 State governments provided 90 percent or more of the funding for indigent criminal defense services in 21 States, an increase of 4 States since 1982.

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