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How Overworked are Texas Court-Appointed Attorneys?

Posted on · You’ve heard this part of the Miranda rights before (if not in person, then at least on TV crime dramas): “You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you…” Well, a lot of defendants can’t afford attorneys. That’s where public defenders come in, and sometimes private […]

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The Life of a Public Defender in Houston

Posted on · It's the job of a public defender to represent Houstonians who can't afford to hire their own attorney. In other cities, it is often an under-resourced role. But the Harris County Public Defender’s Officewas created in conjunction with the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, and until recently was funded by that commission. We talk with three […]