“Criminal defendants in South Carolina could face stricter requirements when applying for a public defender under a bill proposed by two York County Republicans.”
The Overuse of Jails Hurts Our Communities
The primary purpose of jails is to detain those awaiting trial who are a danger to public safety or a flight risk. Jailing someone who is neither results in huge costs for families and communities, including lost income, parents separated from their children, untreated mental health and substance abuse problems, a greater risk of re-offending, and wasted taxpayer dollars.
A total of 191 applications were submitted to the Challenge from jurisdictions spanning 45 states. Meet the 40 that were selected to participate in the Challenge Network.
Prosecutors and public defenders are adversaries in the courtroom. Yet—they do not have to be adversaries outside of it. In fact, prosecutors and defenders have unique leverage to collaborate to change public opinion and reduce the over-use of jail. The Association