Year in Review: Kalamazoo County Opens First Public Defender's Office

Dec 25, 2019

Donna Innes and Joshua Hilgart of the Kalamazoo Defender , Kalamazoo County's first-ever public defender's office, visit WMUK shortly after opening on July 1, 2019. Innes is the chief interim public defender and Hilgart is executive director.
Credit Earlene McMichael | WMUK

We're looking back at some of our stories from 2019. On Dec. 26, we hear from two of the top administrators from Kalamazoo County's first-ever public defender's office. The Kalamazoo Defender opened on July 1st with 22 attorneys to serve people who can't afford legal representation in their criminal cases.


Hear the full interview with Kalamazoo Defender Executive Director Joshua Hilgart and Interim Chief Defender Donna Innes online at WMUK.org here

Here's the original, shorter version that first aired Aug. 22.