One Lawyer, One Day, 194 Felony Cases

January 31, 2019 | by Richard Oppel Jr. and Jugal K. Patel | The New York Times


It happened to Jack Talaska, then a public defender in Louisiana: His felony caseload for April 27, 2017, numbered 194. According to a 2017 workload study of the Louisiana public defense system, each of those cases would require somewhere between 21 and 70 hours, depending on the level of felony. This does not include life-without-parole felonies, which require 200 hours per case. The same study showed that the Louisiana public defense system would need to hire 1,406 full-time attorneys to meet current needs. In this article from The New York Times, the authors look at similar situations across the country and their effects on poor criminal defendants. Read the full article here.