Public Defenders Lobby for Funding Parity With Prosecutors

Public Defenders Demand F Unding
New York public defenders say a proposal by Gov. Kathy Hochul to flatline their funding in fiscal 2024 with $7.5 million, while substantially increasing money for district attorneys, is “unconscionable.”


The public defenders say they share parallel responsibilities with the prosecution. And the wide funding disparity could result in wrongful convictions and unnecessary incarceration.

They say they have staffing needs that are identical to prosecutors’ and parallel obligations to download, review, store and share digital evidence.

View the full New York Law Journal article here.

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