Diverting and Reclassifying Misdemeanors Could Save $1 Billion Per Year: Reducing the Need for and Cost of Appointed Counsel
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, December 2010
19 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2011
Date Written: December 1, 2010
Reclassifying and diverting marijuana possession, driver's license suspension and other misdemeanors could save the indigent defense system as much as $1 billion per year, allowing overworked criminal defenders to devote time and resources to those charged with more serious crimes.
Keywords: diversion, reclassification, misdemeanors, defenders, driver license, costs
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