Deschutes CountyDeschutes County Grapples with Public Defender Shortage

Deschutes County Grapples with Public Defender Shortage

A loss in personnel creates a shortage in local representation, causing the release of some criminals

In 2022, the Source Weekly reported a statewide shortage of public defenders, burdening the criminal justice system and resulting in consequences for both defendants and victims. At that time, local officials reported that the issue in Deschutes County was not yet acute…

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