Fifty Years after Gideon: It is Long Past Time to Provide Lawyers for Misdemeanor Defendants Who Cannot Afford to Hire Their Own
Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Vol. 11, Issue 3 (2013)
42 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2014 Last revised: 29 Jan 2014
Date Written: 2013
There is a widespread failure in the United States to provide counsel to accused persons in misdemeanor courts. This article outlines the problem and with a focus on Kentucky and Washington State recommends solutions, including diverting cases out of the courts and reallocating resources to provide counsel in the cases that local governments determine are necessary to prosecute.
Keywords: Misdemeanor, public defense, public defender, right to counsel, diversion
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