Study: Idaho public defenders get just 4 hours a case

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Here's an article from the Associated Press: By Kimberlee Kruesi BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state's public defenders spend a fraction of the time they need to provide proper representation to poor people caught in the criminal justice system, according to a draft study by the Idaho Public Defense Commission. The Associated Press obtained an early version of the study through a public records request. The study has not been finalized or publicly released, though Commission Executive Director Kimberly Simmons said Tuesday the numbers won't change when the final version is released at the end of the month. The study found that public defenders on average spend about four hours on each felony case even though they reported needing roughly 38 hours to...

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Study: Idaho public defenders get just 4 hours a case

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