New Report: When police deny detainees the right to counsel, taxpayers cover costs

A recent report published in the UC Irvine Law Review investigates the cost to taxpayers when law enforcement denies or delays arrestees their right to an attorney. The report, which focuses on Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, estimates that Cook County could save between $12.7 and $49.9 million annually if people have legal representation within the first 24 hours of their arrest. The report comes as Illinois is experiencing a massive and growing budget deficit. The first 24 to 48 hours after an arrest is critical, according to Eliza Solowiej, the report’s co-author and Executive Director of First Defense Legal…

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