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Here is the public defense news June 13-20:

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Report:Council of State Governments Justice Center: Confined and Costly: How supervision violations are filling prisons and burdening budgets

Nearly 500,000 in jail without a conviction

This psychologist explains why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit

Opinion: Public defenders as prosecutors: Unanswered questions


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