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Public defender has full plate

August 28, 2006

Albany --  Albany's Chief Public Defender says her case load is steadily increasing.

Leisa Terry spoke to the Dougherty County Commission Monday morning about the difficult job of public defenders, and how tough it is to keep qualified lawyers because of the heavy work load.

Terry also said there are some problems within the criminal justice system that need to be addressed, and thinks a citizen oversight committee would be a good idea. "There are times when the community needs to be made aware of problems within the law enforcement community to be addressed," said Terry.

Terry says an oversight committee would improve accountability at all levels of the criminal justice system.  

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