Despite Reforms, High Caseloads Continue To Stress Public Defender System

Despite Reforms, High Caseloads Continue To Stress Public Defender System
Kevin Finlay didn’t have long to discuss a legal strategy. The court-appointed defense attorney spoke quietly with his client as they huddled in a Cleveland County courtroom Thursday. In less than 10 minutes total, the two looked over documents, outlined what to say to the judge and discussed the man’s various multiple charges in different jurisdictions. The short conversation was not uncommon…

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