Budget shortfall forces Orleans Parish Public Defenders' office to furlough staff

Budget shortfall forces Orleans Parish Public Defenders' office to furlough staff

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office will begin staff furloughs early next year due to a budget deficit.

The office will be closed on 10 different days beginning in February of 2016. No public defenders will be available and the office will not be able to send attorneys to first appearance in any court.

The furloughs will most likely result in longer jail stays for many defendants.

The city says the state cut funding to the office by $700,000.

The budget shortfalls means cases will move slower through the courts and the city could spend an extra $113,000 as time in jail will be extended for some inmates.

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