Life Lessons And Relationship Advice, Paying Wisconsin’s Public Defenders

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Heard On The Morning Show
Milwaukee County Courthouse
Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

A proposal in Wisconsin moves the rate for public defenders from the lowest in the nation to $70 per hour. We talk about why Wisconsin’s public defender pay is so low and how it affects clients. Plus, relationship advice. We learn about all kinds of love this Valentine’s Day.

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  • How Low Compensation For Public Defenders Is Impacting Wisconsin

    Wisconsin’s rate of pay for private attorneys taking on public defense cases is the lowest in the nation at $40 per hour. Now, as part of a budget proposal package from a coalition of criminal justice agencies, the State Public Defender’s office is requesting that the rate be increased to $70 per hour. We look at what’s behind the state’s low public defender pay rate, and how it’s impacting clients who can’t afford a lawyer. We also look at a new federal lawsuit stemming from the public defender shortage, and why the plaintiffs say their constitutional rights are being violated.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Laura Pavin Producer
  • Chris Malina Producer
  • Elizabeth Bernstein Guest
  • Danielle Kaeding Guest