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State Government Indigent Defense Expenditures, FY 2008–2012 - Updated

NCJ Number
246684
Date Published
July 2014
Author(s)
Erinn J. Herberman, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics; Tracey Kyckelhahn, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics
Agencies
BJS
Publication Type
Publication
Annotation
Provides data on state government indigent defense expenditures for fiscal years 2008 through 2012.
Abstract

Provides data on state government indigent defense expenditures for fiscal years 2008 through 2012. Trends in spending and comparisons with total state government judicial-legal expenditures are also included. The report uses administrative data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Government Finance Survey. This is a companion report to the Census Bureau's report, Indigent Defense Services in the United States, FY 2008-2012 - Updated.

Highlights
  • In 2012, state governments spent $2.3 billion nationally on indigent defense. „„
  • State government indigent defense expenditures showed an average annual decrease of 0.2% from 2008 to 2012. „„
  • From 2011 to 2012, state government indigent defense expenditures remained stable at $2.3 billion. „„
  • As a share of total judicial-legal expenditures by state governments, spending on indigent defense held steady between 9.5% and 10.0% from 2008 to 2012.
Date Created: July 1, 2014