On Oct. 14 the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association held a press conference outlining their displeasure over a disproportionate funding gap between themselves and the Committee for Public Counsel Services. They outlined a $72 million budget difference between the funding their offices receive to prosecute cases and the amount CPCS receives for “Indigent defendants”.
During the press conference they outlined that the district attorneys office has handled 300,000 cases on a budget of $92 million whereas the CPCS handles 200,000 cases on a budget of $168 million.
District Attorney John Blodgett remarked that the reason for the press conference was to make the public aware that while his budget was cut and he was forced to lay off employees, the budget of CPCS was increased twice in supplemental funding after not being cut at all.
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon