Politics Up Close: ACLU on Public Defender System in Utah

(KCPW News) The U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear that criminal defendants who can’t afford a lawyer must be provided one by the court. But a new report from the ACLU of Utah says the state is woefully lacking in both providing funding and oversight of its public defender system, and that means indigent defendants aren’t getting justice. We talked with ACLU of Utah Legal Director Darcy Goddard and David Shapiro, a criminal defense attorney and contract public defender.

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We also talked with Goddard about a lawsuit the ACLU of Utah has filed against the Salt Lake County Jail for the detention of a young immigrant college student.

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