The ACLU of Idaho believes that all criminal defendants have the constitutional right to effective representation of counsel. Both the federal and Idaho state constitution make the promise to adequate legal representation, which applies to all, regardless of income or social status. Regrettably, across the state, many Idahoans hauled into court face a deficient criminal justice system. If an individual is unable to afford their own attorney, they are left with a state funded public defender. Public defender offices are under-resourced, overburdened and the public defenders are overworked. The state of Idaho must invest adequate resources to establish an effective system of public defense to uphold the constitutional rights for all. The ACLU of Idaho works persistently in the legislature and in the courts to advocate for a constitutional system of public defense.