Executive Director Stephen Munkelt was quoted in the San Diego Union Tribune today regarding legislation to address the need for change in the practice of imposing fines and fees on every defendant to pay the costs of operating the criminal court system.
Over 70 percent of people in court need a public defender, because they are low income,” said Stephen Munkelt, executive director of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, a statewide organization of criminal defense lawyers. “And we’ve been trying to pay for the operation of the system on their back. It doesn’t work.”
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