The Utah Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is charged with collecting data and information about the provision of indigent defense services in the state.
Utah law requires local governments to provide for indigent defense services, while the IDC is responsible for meaningful state oversight of those services.
Local spending is helpful to understand how indigent defense is provided throughout the state, although spending alone is not an indicator of system health.
Utah has 29 counties, all of which are responsible for indigent defense services to individuals facing any criminal prosecution, juveniles in delinquency proceedings, and indigent parents facing state actions to terminate their parental rights. Utah’s 29 counties spend over $34 million dollars on indigent defense. The IDC is funding several counties’ efforts to improve local services. These charts show county level, per capita indigent defense spending in the state, with the green bars indicating an IDC grant recipient.
This chart compares Utah’s indigent defense spending with other indigent defense systems.