Knox County Leads State in Spending on Indigent Defense

Jamie Satterfield has taken a long look at the indigent defense fund, through which the state pays for legal services to those facing a criminal charge without money to pay for a lawyer.
There’s a lot of background information, but the focus is on Knox County spending more from the fund than any other county in the state…. and doing so for years.
That is illustrated by this table, which accompanies the article:
A comparison of Tennessee’s most populous counties showing the percentage of the state’s $36.8 million indigent defense fund each used during the last fiscal year and the percentage of the state’s population that resides within each county.
Knox County: 7 percent of the state’s population; 17 percent of money charged the indigent defense fund
Davidson County: 10 percent of the state’s population; 16.6 percent of money charged the indigent defense fund
Hamilton County: 5.4 percent of state’s population; 5.5 percent of money charged the indigent defense fund
Shelby County: 14.6 percent of state’s population; 14.9 percent of money charged the indigent defense fund

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