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Public Service Deserves Public Support
By Karen J. Mathis, Martin S. Pinales
As leaders of the nation’s primary associations of criminal law
attorneys, representing both the prosecution and defense functions, we
share a common interest in the efficacy and fairness of our criminal
justice system. We may not always agree on the best way to achieve these
broad goals, but there are issues to which we readily speak with one
voice. Today we come together to stress our deep concern that low wages
paid prosecutors and public defenders are undermining our criminal
justice system and public confidence therein. This is why we are united
in our enthusiastic support for the John R. Justice Prosecutors and
Defenders Incentive Act of 2007.
Introduced in both chambers of Congress, this bipartisan legislation
would help jurisdictions across the country attract and retain qualified
lawyers in public defender and prosecutor offices. Named for the late
John Reid Justice of South Carolina, a former president of the National
District Attorneys Associati
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