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The Work Of Public Defenders In Our Legal System

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Public defenders are court-appointed attorneys for those who can’t afford a private lawyer.";

According to the Prison Policy Initiative, incarcerated people have a median salary under $20,000 prior to incarceration. 

That’s 41 percent less than non-incarcerated people in the same age demographic. Many of these individuals can’t afford an attorney so they are provided with court-appointed public defenders.

Here to talk about public defenders and the work they do are Directing Attorney of the Covington Trial Office, Daniel Schubert; Assistant Public Advocate at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy's Covington Trial Office, Ashley Graham; and Directing Attorney for the Newport Trial Office, Eva Hager.