Actus Reus

ac·tus re·us \ˈak-təs-ˈrē-əs, ˈäk-tu̇s-ˈrā-u̇s\

noun : the wrongful act that makes up the physical action of a crime

Latin: guilty act

Marshall Project begins three-part series addressing underfunding of public defender offices

Beginning today, the Marshall Project is publishing a three-part investigative series on underfunding in public defender systems. The first article, entitled When the Money Runs Out for Public Defense, What Happens Next?, provides a glimpse into staggering funding crises in public defender offices across the country. The accounts include Louisiana judicial districts where one public defender represents 900 clients, another public defender represents 50 defendants simultaneously pleading guilty in separate felony cases, and a prosecutor doubles as a part-time public defender.

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