Missouri public defender requests an additional $10 million from Nixon

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Missouri Public Defender Director Michael Barrett has requested an additional $10 million to help the agency support the state’s individuals who are charged with a crime who are also living in poverty.

Barrett asked for the additional funds Monday from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who did not immediately respond to the request.

Citing a a federal report from July by the St. Louis County Family Court, Barrett said young people accused of crimes lack the proper legal representation in cases. Barrett said the additional funds would be used for the agency’s most pressing need: hiring more public defenders.

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