Sen. Kamala Harris, who spent her entire legal career as a prosecutor, will introduce legislation Wednesday aimed at helping the other side of the legal scale — publicly funded defense attorneys.

Harris’ bill seeks to level the playing field between prosecutor and public defender. The bill would set workload limits for full-time public defenders and, within five years, make pay equal between public defenders and prosecutors, funded by a $250 million federal grant program. Dubbed the ‘Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense’ (EQUAL) Act, the bill also authorizes funds for training public defenders and reauthorizing student loan repayment programs.

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