“The agreement made public on Monday sets maximum caseloads for the state’s 500-plus public defenders, and allows them to turn down cases to stay within a time limit that is based on how much work should be spent defending different types of crimes. It also makes it clear that defendants must be screened quickly to see if they qualify for a public defender.
“Although MSPD denies that its attorneys aim to provide anything other than constitutionally-adequate representation, the parties agree that, given the overwhelming admissible evidence that MSPD is grossly overburdened, and that the burden under which it operates routinely and systematically harms indigent criminal defendants by depriving them of competent counsel,” attorneys for the state and the ACLU wrote.”
Nothing that guarantees the quality of the defense.
Deal Reached To Reduce Missouri Public Defender Workloads
The ACLU of Missouri and the state’s public defender system have reached a deal meant to ensure that low-income defendants are properly represented when