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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