Minor Crimes, Massive Waste: The Terrible Toll of America's Broken Misdemeanor Courts

The explosive growth of misdemeanor cases is placing a staggering burden on America's courts. Defenders across the country are forced to carry unethical caseloads that leave too little time for clients to be properly represented. As a result, constitutional obligations are left unmet and taxpayers' money is wasted. [Released April 2009]

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Taxpayers' millions down the drain --along with Constitution: First-ever national report on misdemeanor courts finds efficient enforcement will unclog the courts, improve public safety and save money, NACDL News Release (April 28, 2009) 

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