A heroin user gets at least four years behind bars for possessing a single gram in Illinois. Same goes for cocaine, where the sentence for a first offense could reach 15 years. Possession is on par with a sex crime in the Land of Lincoln. No wonder public defenders are buried beneath reams o…
Although case filings across Illinois significantly declined by roughly 800,000 from 2009 to 2013, the number of cases remain high, according to the 2013 Annual Report of the Illinois Courts.
Although applauding the skill and dedication of public defenders, Larry Lauterjung was ready to do about anything else after serving as an assistant public defender for nearly 10 years.
Arguments for indigent defense reform are filled with numbers, but there is only one that matters to Kristine Bunch – 17.