how does geographic location play a role in the quality of representation provided by the public defender?How does the overburdened public system in many areas contribute to issues of wrongful conviction?
Backed by the Sixth and Fourteen Amendments respectively,
indigent defense involves the constitutional mandated free representation of
those accused of certain crimes required by both federal and state
constitutions. Because defendants are entitled to “effective” assistance of
counsel, which varies from state to state, common issues for the courts
include: the qualifications of counsel, particularly in capital cases; who pays
for indigent defense; who qualifies as indigent; and how the defender system is