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State Government Indigent Defense Expenditures, FY 2008-2012

NCJ Number
246684
Date Published
July 2014
Length
6 pages
Author(s)
Erinn Herberman Ph.D.; Tracey Kyckelhahn Ph.D.
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
Annotation
This Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report provides data on state government indigent defense expenditures for fiscal years 2008 through 2012.
Abstract
This report provides data on state government indigent defense expenditures for fiscal years 2008 through 2012. Trends in spending and comparisons with total state government judicial-legal expenditures are also included. The report uses administrative data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Government Finance Survey. This is a companion report to the Census Bureau's report, Indigent Defense Services in the United States, FY 2008-2012-Updated (NCJ 246683). Highlights of this report include: 1) in 2012, state governments spent $2.3 billion nationally on indigent defense; 2) State government indigent defense expenditures showed an average annual decrease of 0.2% from 2008 to 2012; 3) from 2011 to 2012, state government indigent defense expenditures remained stable at $2.3 billion; and 4) as a share of total judicial-legal expenditures by state governments, spending on indigent defense held steady between 9.5% and 10.0% from 2008 to 2012.

Date Created: July 17, 2014