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Mary Rain, St. Lawrence County's Public Defender, shows her staff's overbooked schedules.
Mary Rain, St. Lawrence County's Public Defender, shows her staff's overbooked schedules.

Story 2.0: Public defenders still overworked

Last week, St. Lawrence County assistant public defender Chris Curley resigned from his job. He said the reason was his caseload was too much to bear. Public Defender Mary Rain said she believes this won't be the last assistant to step down due to the taxing caseload. St. Lawrence County has increased the salary of its assistant public defenders by $3-5,000, to about $50,000. But it's still low to retain good attorneys, says Rain. And she told David Sommerstein the caseloads are just too high.  Go to full article

Story 2.0: A fresh start at Moriah Shock

Even many prison reform advocates, who want fewer New Yorkers sent to prison, say the state's so-called "shock" program offers alternatives that can benefit low-level, non-violent criminals. Inmates from Moriah Shock have long served useful roles in the region as well, helping forest rangers battle wild fires in the Adirondacks. Over the weekend, they were among the volunteers building the ice palace for Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival. A decade ago, Brian Mann spent a day behind bars at Moriah Shock, attending a graduation, talking with the inmates and their families.  Go to full article

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