Not Enough Money or Time to Defend Detroit's Poor

Number 24448
Subject Courts
Source National Public Radio
State NY
Year 2009
Publication Date 08/17/2009
Summary According to the 6th Amendment everyone is reserved the right to have adequate representation in court. Though, in Detroit, a national public defender crisis has broken out due to overworked and underpaid defenders. This is a problem throughout the national, but has reached crisis levels in Michigan. "More than 90 percent of criminal defenders in Wayne County cannot afford their own lawyers", so to make up for this public defenders are used for representation instead.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 10
Keywords court system; defense system; rights; public defenders; criminal defense; clients; law system
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