ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany County has been awarded state grand funding for the Upstate Quality Improvement and Caseload Reduction project.
The three-year grant of $299,528 was awarded by the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services. The funds will be utilized by the Albany County Public Defender's Office and the Alternate Public Defender's Office, which provide representation to those charged in Albany County who cannot afford legal representation.
The statewide grant program assists counties in Upstate New York improve the quality of representation by local public defenders. The county will provide additional staff to help reduce the caseloads currently carried by the office.
The state has allocated $12 million for the grant program, and the county received close to the maximum award of $300,000.