JSERI

Adopted in February 2002, the American Bar Association's Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System distill the existing voluminous ABA standards for public defense systems to their most basic elements, which officials and policymakers can readily review and apply.  In the words of the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, the Ten Principles “constitute the fundamental criteria to be met for a public defense delivery system to deliver effective and efficient, high quality, ethical, conflict-free representation to accused persons who cannot afford to hire an attorney.”  Our nation’s chief law enforcement officer, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, has called the ABA Ten Principles the “building blocks” of a functioning public defense system.

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Publication Date: 2010

All who work in public defense know there is a problem -- we call it the "indigent defense crisis."  In 2002, NLADA established the Justice Standards, Evaluation and Research Initiative (JSERI) in order to concretely evaluate the depth and breadth of both successes and difficulties in indigent defense representation throughout the country, providing a measurement of public defense services against national standards.  JSERI's protocol for evaluation of any system combines a review of the jurisdiction's budgetary, caseload, and organizational information with site visits to observe courtroom practice and interviews of all key criminal justice system stakeholders and policymakers.

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Publication Date: 02/19/2010

Final report of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission's Task Force and Advisory Committee on Services to Indigent Criminal Defendants: "While recognizing the difficult fiscal environment the Commonwealth faces currently, the advisory committee urges the General Assembly to perform its duties under the U.S. Constitution and as a civilized society by finally addressing the deficiencies that undermine its indigent criminal defense system by reforming the system to comply with national standards."

Author/Organization: Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission
Publication Date: 12/06/2011

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In 1978, the National Center for Defense Management provided recommendations for expansion of Kentucky's then-state defender agency, which was limited to appellate and post-conviction representation, to include trial-level representation. 

Author/Organization: National Center for Defense Management
Publication Date: 08/1978

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Report of the ABA's Bar Information Project's technical assistance to the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, provided by The Spangenberg Group. 

Author/Organization: The Spangenberg Group
Publication Date: 01/1998

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 The juvenile justice system in Kentucky has endured a substantial history of problems concerning its treatment of juvenile offenders and the lack of systemic advocacy and focused reform efforts. After years of public criticism, media attention, litigation challenging the conditions in Kentucky’s juvenile facilities, lack of access to the effective assistance of counsel and to the courts, and failure to provide adequate treatment, Kentucky officials began the long road to institutional change by the second half of the 1990’s. The creation of the Department of Juvenile Justice, the commitment of Governor Patton to help fix a broken juvenile justice system, and the Kentucky legislature’s move to invest millions of new dollars into these initiatives were the beginning.

Author/Organization: American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center
Publication Date: 09/2002

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A table of misdemeanor caseloads by county for Kentucky DPA branch offices. FY09-FY11.

Author/Organization: Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
Publication Date: 2011

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The Washington State Bar Association presented these proposed standards for the Washington Supreme Court's consideration. Public comment closed October 31, 2011. 

Author/Organization: Washington State Bar Association
Publication Date: 2011

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This paper discusses the judicial underpinnings of the ABA Ten Principles and shows that the Principles are the foundational standards that describe the obligations of indigent defense systems in terms no one could misunderstand, providing guideposts for assessing the reasonable performance of those systems.   

Author/Organization: David Carroll, Phyllis Mann, and Jon Mosher
Publication Date: 10/26/2011

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