Strengthening our Criminal Justice System: The John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Act of 2007: Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, February 27, 2007   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Hon. Richard J. Durbin, U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois: "This bill seeks to address a serious problem with our criminal justice system. Prosecutor and public defender offices across the country are having major difficulties in recruiting and retaining qualified attorneys. According to the Department of Justice, in 2005 one-fourth of State and local prosecutor offices reported problems with recruiting new staff attorneys and over one-third reported problems with retention. The problem is particularly severe in large offices. Over 60 percent of offices that serve populations of 250,000 or more reported problems with attorney retention. In every State, we hear exactly the same story from prosecutors. They simply cannot keep enough talented and experienced attorneys on the staff."

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S. Hrg. 110-54; Senate Hearing 110-54; Serial No. J-110-12
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