According to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, Criminal Justice Debt: A Barrier to Reentry, states are increasingly imposing fees on indigent criminal defendants, including fees for the public defender.
In some of the states, the laws include mandates that specifically bar the court from waiving the fees, even for the poorest of defendants. And in Florida and Ohio, defendants must pay even if they are acquitted of the charges or have them dropped. Some of the fees don’t even end with the conclusion of the trial. Some states charge incarceration fees, prosecution reimbursement fees, probation fees, parole fees, drug testing fees. For example: one person in Pennsylvania faced $2,464 in fees alone, approximately three times the amount imposed for fines and restitution.
For full article see: Public Defenders Are Not Always Free – Legislation & Policymaking – FindLaw Blotter.
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