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Public defenders office opens

June 17, 2005

Nashville - People who need a defense attorney but can't afford one now have a place to go for help in South Georgia.

The Alapaha Judicial Circuit's Public Defenders office opened in Nashville Friday. The office provides all the resources and legal services needed for the indigent.

Georgia legislators passed a law last year mandating that all judicial circuits in the state have a public defenders office.

"The biggest service we'll provide is that within 72 hours, if someone is indigent, we will not be able to meet their needs, we go to the jails and are meeting those services now," said Melinda Ryals, Public Defender.

Five attorneys are based out of the public defenders office. It's located on North Bartow Street in Nashville.

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