HOUSTON MINISTERS AGAINST CRIME ON A MISSION!

MINISTERS WANT A PUBLIC DEFENDER IN HARRIS COUNTY!

The members of Houston Ministers Against Crime are pushing for Harris County to get a public defenders office. The group says Houston is one of only a few major cities without a public defenders office to represent indigent defendants. Currently in Harris County defendants who can’t afford their own legal counsel are appointed an attorney by the courts. However, HMAC says the cost of appointing an attorney is much more expensive than relying on a public defender. The ministers also say more poor defendants are finding themselves entering plea deals because court appointed attorneys are not fighting for the suspects. The Harris County Commissioners court must approve the creation of such an office. So far Commissioner Sylvia Garcia is supporting the effort. Some pictured above are Rev. James Nash, Rev. F.N. Williams, and Rev. Robert Jefferson…

Price Comparison according to Texas A&M: Court Appointed Attorney = $466 per case Public Defender = $125 per case Note: The test market for this comparison is Dallas, TX

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