Defender Legal Services

This is an excel spreadsheet that lists standards relating to criminal justice and indigent defense, at the national, state, and local levels.  It is fairly complete at the national level.  It is incomplete at the state and local levels.

Author/Organization: Jon Mosher, NLADA
Publication Date: 11/2010

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This American Council of Chief Defenders Policy Statement calls for a new commitment by all criminal justice stakeholders to ensure fair and appropriate pretrial release decision-making, and outlines key action steps for each pretrial actor.

 

Author/Organization: American Council of Chief Defenders
Publication Date: 06/04/2011

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Commonly referred to as Byrne/JAG grants, the official name is the "Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program."  The program is administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and is described by BJA as "the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions."

Author/Organization: Phyllis E. Mann
Publication Date: 02/25/2011

During 2010, the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), in partnership with BJA, surveyed the State Administering Agencies (SAAs) that oversee Byrne JAG program funds, to find out how they used those funds.  The survey compiled data on how funds were spent in 2009 (which could include money from 2007, 2008, and 2009 JAG awards, as well as special Recovery Act awards made in 2009).

NCJA prepared this document to show examples of how Byrne JAG funds were used for indigent defense. 

Author/Organization: National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)
Publication Date: 2010

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During 2010, the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), in partnership with BJA, surveyed the State Administering Agencies (SAAs) that oversee Byrne JAG program funds, to find out how they used those funds.  The survey compiled data on how funds were spent in 2009 (which could include money from 2007, 2008, and 2009 JAG awards, as well as special Recovery Act awards made in 2009).  

This document shows how funds were distributed by SAAs, during 2009, across 43 areas of criminal justice.  The results show that, of a total of $1,203,538,214 spent in 2009, only $3,208,686 was spent on public defense -- or roughly 1/4 of 1 percent (0.0027). 

Author/Organization: National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)
Publication Date: 2010

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Wesley Shackelford

Speaker's Last Name: 
Shackelford
Title: 
Deputy Director/Special Counsel
Organization: 
Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense
Address
Street: 
205 W. 14th St., Ste. 600
City: 
Austin
State: 
Texas
Zip Code: 
78701-1614
Phone: 
512-936-6997
Fax: 
512-475-3450
Photo: 

Wesley Shackelford serves as Deputy Director/Special Counsel to the Task Force on Indigent Defense (Task Force).  He develops standards and policies for the provision of indigent defense services and acts as team lead on fiscal and policy monitoring programs.  Wesley also provides legal advice on the issue to judges, counties, and the Task Force.

Nancy Bennett

Speaker's Last Name: 
Bennett
Title: 
Deputy Chief Counsel, Private Counsel Division
Organization: 
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Address
Street: 
44 Bromfield Street
City: 
Boston
State: 
Massachusetts
Zip Code: 
02108
Phone: 
617-988-8428
Fax: 
617-988-8495
Photo: 

Nancy Bennett is Deputy Chief Counsel for the Private Counsel Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), Boston, MA.

Michael Tobin

Speaker's Last Name: 
Tobin
Title: 
Director, Trial Division
Organization: 
Wisconsin State Public Defender
Address
Street: 
315 N. Henry St.
City: 
Madison
State: 
Wisconsin
Zip Code: 
53703
Phone: 
608-266-8259
Fax: 
608-267-0584
Photo: 

Michael Tobin has worked for the Wisconsin State Public Defender (SPD) since 1979, except for two years off in the mid-eighties for good behavior.  He started as a staff attorney in 1979, left the agency in 1984 to teach at the University of Puget Sound Law School, and returned to the SPD in 1986 as a regional supervisor.

By this letter, the ACCD called upon Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to collaborate toward the accomplishment of three major goals: (1) creation of a permanent federal structure that protects and supports the right to counsel; (2) funding of necessary federal resources to support quality public defender services; and (3) provision of high-quality federally funded training for public defense managers, leaders and practitioners. 

Author/Organization: American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD)
Publication Date: 01/15/2010

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On August 16, 2007, a public defense attorney in Portage County, Ohio was appointed to represent a client on the very day the client's case was set to go to trial by jury.  The attorney asked for a delay to investigate and prepare, but the judge only gave him an extended 2 1/2 hour lunch break.  Unable to proceed with the trial, the attorney was arrested, convicted, and sentenced by the judge for contempt of court.

This Resolution issued, commending the public defense attorney for defending his client's right to effective assistance of counsel, and condemning the judge's actions.

Author/Organization: American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD)
Publication Date: 08/25/2007

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