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Public defender system needs money it doesn't have

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   Georgia defense lawyers say the state's embattled public defender system needs improvement.

An ex prosecutor from Decatur was tapped by Governor Nathan Deal to lead the agency which provides legal counsel for the thousand's of Georgia defendants who can't afford a lawyer.

Public defenders are overwhelmed by the growing number of defendants, and there's not enough money to hire more.

"It's a very, very bad situation," said Pete Donaldson of the Ga. Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc. "I'm not sure how you fix it if you don't have the money to hire more public defenders. It's not something that is going to be easily resolved."

The public defenders problem will be one of the issues discussed at the Criminal Defense lawyers association meeting this week at the state bar headquarters.

 

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