SOME COUNTIES OPT OUT OF INDIGENT PROGRAMS

Georgia: SOME COUNTIES OPT OUT OF INDIGENT PROGRAMS

A growing number of counties are electing to remain outside the new state controlled system for providing attorneys for indigent defendants.

The legislature adopted the plan to assure minimum constitutional standards because of wide disparity in programs offered in the state’s 49 judicial circuits.

Cobb, Cherokee, Forsyth, Houston and Gwinnett counties already have chosen not to join the program, citing additional costs. The counties also claim their indigent defense programs meet or exceed standards that the new Georgia Public Defender Standards Council has set.

Copyright Washington Crime News Service Aug 31, 2004

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