Public defender reform urged

Report suggests cutting case loads and raising pay to help the state’s Public Defender System.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:48 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A report released late Monday on the state’s struggling public defender system calls for reforms that include raising the base salaries of public defenders, reducing their case loads and offering a student loan forgiveness program.