The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a report on the costs of indigent defense.

According to the report, the costs to defend indigent defendants has fallen in recent years about one percent. 

States paid $2.2 billion for indigent defense.

In Arizona, the annual costs the state paid for indigent defense went from $2.7 million in 2008 to $1.3 million in 2012.

The report does note that not all states will cover the breadth of indigent defense costs. In some cases county governments handle most of the costs.

Read the report here.

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