Bill would increase state's share of public defender costs

TIFFANY L. PARKS | Daily Reporter
Published: 07/18/2013

A bipartisan bill crafted to address “the growing problem” of Ohio’s indigent defense system is before lawmakers.

“Ohio’s system of providing counsel to indigent criminal defendants, a constitutionally-mandated service, is both inefficient and ineffective,” said Rep. Terry Boose, R-Norwalk.

House Bill 186, jointly sponsored by Boose and Rep. Ron Gerberry, D-Canfield, would have the state reimburse each county public defender’s office and each court-appointed counsel system 100 percent of their costs by 2019.

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