TOPEKA, Kansas — The state lost 13% of its public defenders over the past year.
That’s actually an improvement. Nearly a fourth of the state’s public defenders quit the year before.
But the turnover of those attorneys still represents a chronic problem for the State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services, the agency that provides lawyers to criminal defendants who can’t afford their own.
Maban Wright makes $66,000 as one of those public defenders, up from the $43,000 she earned at the agency 10 years ago.