Comments on: Voucherizing indigent criminal defense Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Sat, 23 May 2015 20:27:27 +0000 hourly 1 By: nl7 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:36:06 +0000 Will put pressure on how to adjust the eligibility cutoffs, since the subsidy frees defendants from using attorneys they consider less effective. Will probably involve a phaseout as income rises rather than cutting an equal check for every defendant.

It’s not crazy to make the jurisdiction pay for some of the defense costs of every prosecution it follows (especially if increased costs reduce zealous over-prosecution) but it would be very unpopular to hand over checks to the best-paid lawyers in equal amount to lawyers defending the indigent.