The Public Defender s Office, a part of Palm Beach County government, operates through appellate, mental health, and felony divisions. The office employs a staff of more than 200 people. Its investigations division interviews clients and witnesses and search criminal records. The office operates the Palm Beach County Jail through its intake division. The Public Defender s Office handles cases involving death penalties through its major crimes division. The office s County Court division undertakes cases related to retail theft and loitering. The Public Defender s Office also operates a social service division that specializes in employment, family counseling, and drug and mental health treatment services.