Illinois Supreme Court: Public Defender System Failing

Illinois Supreme Court: Public Defender System Failing

A blistering new study commissioned by the Illinois Supreme Court alleges that the public defender system in the state is failing its constituents.

The study claims that many Illinois defendants are not receiving their constitutionally guaranteed right to an attorney. Many are often overlooked and processed without proper counsel.

Jon Mosher, deputy director of the Sixth Amendment Center and one of the authors of the study said “the right to counsel is a bedrock principle of our democracy.”

Mosher said the public defender system in Illinois lacks standards and oversight, which has led to caseloads being so high that defenders do not have adequate time to review cases adequately.

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