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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Boruchowitz, Robert C., Diverting and Reclassifying Misdemeanors Could Save $1 Billion Per Year: Reducing the Need for and Cost of Appointed Counsel (December 1, 2010). American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, December 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1783057

Robert C. Boruchowitz (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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