Oregon’s top prosecutors, the number of persons facing prosecution without a court-appointed attorney would be dramatically reduced by increasing the caseloads of public defenders, raising the bar for criminal defendants to qualify for a public defender, and simply employing more attorneys.
The Oregonian confirms the news on its official Twitter account:
Oregon prosecutors press for higher caseloads for public defenders as jail release deadline looms https://t.co/lpbVJyEgs3
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) August 19, 2023
The direct statement from the Oregon District Attorneys Association follows a significant federal court decision that mandated Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett release inmates from the county jail if they lack counsel ten days after their initial court appearance.
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