Ever since the 1960s public defenders became available as our justice system would be unfair if citizens didn't have access to representation. Though the intentions were noble, it has spiraled out of control.

One public defender may be handling as many 350 cases a year. In some states like New Orleans they may have as many as 1000 cases a year when they are only supposed to be working on up to 150, some attorneys spending as little as 7 minutes per case.

The system is overburdened so this is why many cases, as much as 95% end up in plea bargain and people wind up pleaing guilty for crimes they didn't commit.

This disproportionately affects the poor and they wind up with a criminal record when they've done nothing wrong.
40% of public defenders don't have investigators on staff.