State Sen. Scott Surovell, D-36th


Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-2nd

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So, how does the process work now when someone needs a court appointed lawyer. Why isn't it working. Where is the data shows current outcomes are inadequate. What is the cost to taxpayers of the current system and projected cost of the proposed legislation?


"The new office will cost state taxpayers around $200,000 per year, according to the press release." It's in the article. A public defenders office, creates a dedicated office of lawyers for use for defendants in trials. Before as stated in the article one would use the services of a private lawyer, who essentially works pro-Bono to help the defendant with only a little stipend. Prince William is the largest jurisdiction in the commonwealth without such an office, which would cost the county considering the amount of households which number 148,000 less than a dollar per household per year to sustain.


About time. BTW, I have requested form the King of the Jail, Glen Hill data regarding how many are held because of the inability to make bail, I requested the information twice The King ignored both requests. The King spent $30+ million to expand the jail to hold 287g detainees, the county could have built one of the much needed elementary schools for the cost of locking up detainees. King Hill's priorities need to be closely examined by the BOCS.

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