If you’re not a lawyer, you’ve probably never even heard of a state’s attorney, but they’re one of the more important legal officers in a jurisdiction. They’re responsible for filing criminal charges, investigating suspects and guiding the course of sentences for offenders.
There are many ways a state’s attorney can improve the quality of life for a criminal defendant, from granting them immunity from prosecution to deciding what to charge them with. Some states are more innovative than others in their efforts to improve the justice system. For example, some states have expanded their public defender offices to provide more comprehensive legal representation for indigent individuals.
One of the better ways to do this is to increase funding for a state’s legal services office. This is especially true in light of the high demand for legal assistance among indigent citizens, and in the case of the criminal justice system in particular. State legislators should consider this in their efforts to improve the criminal justice system and ensure that the most deserving offenders receive their fair share of the public kitty. The same goes for law firms, which should also consider increasing their pro bono contributions.