According to the report, Oregon has only a third of public defenders it needs

According to the report, Oregon has only a third of public defenders it needs ...

SALEM Oregon has a 31% share of public defense attorneys it needs to provide a reasonably efficient, affordable assistance to high-income adult and juvenile defendants, according to a committee of the American Bar Association and a major accounting firm.

We all need to acknowledge that the gap between what we are currently providing and what this report reflects that we should be provided is vast, said Steve Singer, the executive director of the Oregon Office of Public Defense Services.

The Office of Public Defense Services has also had significant data gaps that hinder the agency from providing meaningful oversight, according to the researchers.

Moss Adams, a nonprofit accounting business, obtained the award in a bid to get the Legislature involved.

-- The Associated Press

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