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Globe Editorial

State can save on lawyers by hiring more public defenders

October 19, 2010

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The state's district attorneys claim much more is spent on defense than prosecution. But rather than arbitrarily add or subtract from one budget to the other, policymakers should look for waste to cut. One place to look is the 9-to-1 ratio of outsourced to in-house attorneys. Public defenders on salary are more cost-efficient than hourly contract lawyers. (Full article: 441 words)

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