Travis County one step closer to creating public defender's office

May 9, 2019

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A public defender's office could soon come to Austin — but not without some controversy. 

Travis County commissioners approved a plan to bring in millions of state funds to support it, but questions remain about how it'll work after some last-minute changes. 

"The fight will just go another day," said Amanda Woog, the chair of the Indigent Legal Services Group. 

"We live this, this isn't politics, this is our existence," said Rebecca Sanchez, the organizer for Grassroots Leadership.  

"Even though we are a progressive county, there are still significant deep Southern tendencies here," said Travis County Commissioner Jeffrey Travillion.