Austin Interfaith Leverages County Vote for Public Defenders Office

Ofelia Zapata of San Jose Catholic Church and Austin Interfaith reported to the Austin American Statesman that the organization teamed up with judges to build a hybrid model that would improve indigent defense. She lobbied County Commissioners to support the establishment of a defender's office that would assign lawyers to the cases of poor defendants. The first year, Travis County would receive about $700 thousand to establish the new office, which would ensure that indigent defendants would have an opportunity to meet with their lawyers so that they understand their situation before going to trial.

Travis County Accepts State Funding to Create Private Defender's Office, Austin American Statesman