Working Paper: How Much Difference Does the Lawyer Make? The Effect of Defense Counsel on Murder Case Outcomes

This Philadelphia study finds that appointed counsel, public defenders reduce their clients’ murder conviction rate by 19%, lower the probability that their clients receive a life sentence by 62%, and reduce overall expected time served in prison by 24%.
Release Year: 
2011
Author: 
James M. Anderson and Paul Heaton (RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment)
Updated October 20, 2014