Study: Defense Funding For Indigents Half That Of Prosecution

Nashville (AP) -- Tennessee's defense attorneys receive less than half the financial resources that are available to prosecutors in indigent cases.

The state and federal funds made available to prosecutors in Tennessee's indigent cases for fiscal year 2005 was between $130 million and $139 million while defense attorneys received $56 million.

The figures are in a study commissioned by the Tennessee Justice Project, a group that assists people wrongly convicted.

The report says this shows a disparity that jeopardizes the fairness and accuracy of the Tennessee indigent defense system.

The study says the uneven playing field leads to unreliable results and creates an unjust system.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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