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Oct 23

The Cost of Justice: Public Defenders and Legal Reforms

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – Few topics bring out raw emotions like those related to law enforcement, our court system and criminal law right now.

This week, Missouri’s State Public Defender, Michael Barrett, discusses his effort to require Gov. Jay Nixon to represent an indigent legal client. That became headline news around the state and put a spotlight on the level of funding the Public Defender’s offices receive.

Barrett also describes other challenges his team faces while representing those who cannot afford to represent themselves in court.

Also, the efforts to reform Missouri’s criminal laws and law enforcement processes are not over. State Rep. Shamed Dogan provides an update on those discussions that will be a part of the 2017 Legislative Session.

On the web:

Missouri State Public Defender

Rep. Shamed Dogan

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