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NC’s indigent defense program was model for the South (access required)

The guarantee that all Americans accused of a crime have a right to assistance of counsel is decades old, but in the beginning that promise didn’t always live up to the practice. There were no common standards to ensure that every indigent defendant received an attorney with enough training—and time—to provide competent representation. Rates of compensation for the attorneys varied as well.

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