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.
- 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.