Indigent Defense

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In this chapters controversial issue, the question of if the state is spending too much or too little on indigent defenders is asked. Some people argue that the promise of equal justice under law has given way to a two-tiered system of criminal representation. Others think that the Gideon case has forced too many costs onto the state. One of the greatest obstacles to effectively representing the indigent, is the large caseloads. Many public defenders feel that they cannot ethically handle the amount of cases that they have to deal with. On the other hand, crime control proponents feel that the government is spending too much money on indigent defense. To fix this some courts have adopted stringent indigency standards. Others have tried adding

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