The lesson should be obvious: Cut the fees, and eventually you'll get a much narrower choice of service providers. You may also get much more assembly line service from lawyers, who increasingly outsource any "routine" task. These are the same criticisms leveled at doctors.
Now there's a civil rights twist: While legitimate American citizens languish in jails for months or years waiting for a trial that keeps getting delayed because of an overburdened judge, an overburdened public defender and an overburdened prosecutor, the federal government is spending money on illegal immigrants. Now let's have that discussion about "equal protection."
The reality is that our government spends money on noncitizens and plenty on foreign non-humanitarian foreign aid.
The starker reality is that to those of us on the ground here in America, where we see how mistakes can result in the horrible loss of years of freedom, the message to America's poor is that they are second-class and must wait their turn.