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Since 2003, the number of offenders in the two most serious criminal history categories has increased nearly 20 percent, straining post-conviction supervision resources.

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Criminal Justice Act: At 50 Years, a Landmark in the Right to Counsel
On Aug. 20, 1964, the President signed into law the Criminal Justice Act, guaranteeing paid legal counsel for federal criminal defendants who could not afford it. Fifty years later, many hail the CJA and the federal defenders system as a shining success.

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