Source: (2012) International Social Science Review. 87(3&4):102- 126.

Offering diversion programs, such as the Juvenile Arbitration Program (JAP), alleviates the financial and personnel strains on a congested justice system. Solicitors prosecuting cases against juvenile offenders represent thousands of juvniles annually, yet only 27% of public defender offices throughout the United States employ an ample number of attorneys to meet client needs.^ Additionally, 87% of public defender offices lack the financial resources to retain full-time investigators to assist attorneys in interviewing witnesses, gathering relevant information in cases involving juvenile offenders, and providing general support to the defense (e.g., locating addresses and other contact information for witnesses and being available to public defenders to assist them as needed). As a result, attorneys often lack the necessary resources to prepare an effective argument on behalf of their juvenile clients. (excerpt)