This article reviews indigent criminal defense programs on an international level and generally concludes that societies want to protect legitimate society members', within the respective society's jurisdiction, fundamental property rights concerning criminal prosecution. While this conclusion was as the researchers expected, several unexpected and contrary observations were noted. Society wealth and a greater return on investments of public funds can dramatically shift a society's value of basic shared rights.
McKinney, Ralph, and Lawrence P. Shao. "Indigent criminal defense: Qualitative review on economic value." European Journal of Management 8.3 (2008): 146-52.