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Presentation about public defender offices given during Criminal Justice Coordinating Council meeting

A presentation about public defender offices was given by Heather Cessna, executive director of the Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services (BIDS), during the Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council meeting on Aug. 12 using Zoom.

Cessna said about 85% of adult felony criminal defendants require appointed counsel. Every attorney appointed on an adult felony case in Kansas is provided by BIDS. They use two systems:

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