For example, in Mississippi, there is no right to counsel, but a combined total of $2000 is allotted for attorney's fees at the trial, direct review, and postconviction phases.(201) By the time a capital defendant gets to the postconviction stage, there is almost certainly no money left for attorney's fees and expenses.(202) Furthermore, the Mississippi PCDO
has closed because of the loss of federal funding.(203) Efforts in the Mississippi state legislature to provide mandatory counsel have been defeated three years running.(204)
Bryan Stevenson, a former PCDO head in Alabama, agreed with this analysis.
Funding cuts have not deterred Stevenson and former PCDO attorneys in other states who are determined to continue representing those on death row.