Public Defenders Office Cutbacks - KLFY News 10

Public Defenders Office Cutbacks

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The public defender's office in Lafayette is cutting salaries and laying off lawyers due to a shortage of money.

The office provides free or reduced-cost legal representation to people who can't afford it.

District Public Defender Paul Marx says about 90% of criminal defendants in the district rely on public defenders for legal services.

By the end of June, the shortfall in funding is expected to reach one million dollars.

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