Lubbock's Public Defender program is expanding to become almost a fully statewide program. County Commissioners on Monday are expected to approve the expansion paid for by a state grand of $3.8 million.
"We did such a good job that now we're getting a state grant to expand," says Commissioner Bill McCay.
It started with Lubbock and surrounding counties as a way to share the cost of an attorney in capital murder/death penalty cases. It now includes counties along the Texas/Mexico border. After Monday's vote it will include all parts of the state except North Central and Northeast Texas.
Currently there are offices in Lubbock, Amarillo, and Midland.
According to David Slayton, Lubbock County Director of Court Administration, the Public Defender will soon have offices in Austin and Houston. The remaining parts of Texas could be included in 2013.