JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Public defenders in Jonesboro say they are concerned that people accused of crimes might not be receiving enough attention from their legal teams.
The Jonesboro Sun reported Friday that the three fulltime public defenders in Craighead County are handling nearly 600 cases among them, and that another 340 are handled by part-time public defenders.
Bill Howard, who manages the defenders, says it seems like cases "just keep coming in."
The newspaper reported that, according to standards of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, public defenders in Craighead County are spread thin.
Circuit Judge Lee Fergus says defenders are overloaded but still do a good job defending the accused.
Prosecutor Scott Ellington said defendants are getting experienced attorneys, rather than lawyers just out of school.
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