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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

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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The American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) are designing and implementing a pilot Public Defender Fellowship Program (PDFP) aimed at advancing best practices in indigent defense representation.

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Publication Date: 07/19/2011

This Article, published at 75 Mo.L.Rev. 715, is a basic introduction to the provision of indigent defense services in state courts throughout the country and the ethical obligations of the attorneys who provide those services.  First, the Article briefly quantifies what currently exists in our right to counsel systems -- what we know, and what we do not know.  The Article then discusses the rules that generally govern the ethics of representation provided by indigent defense attorneys.  Third, the Article examines the measures by which attorneys can know whether they are fulfilling and will continue to fulfill their ethical obligations.  Finally, the Article discusses the responsibilities of the broader justice system to ensure ethical representation of indigent defendants and why that goal is rarely achieved. 

Author/Organization: Phyllis E. Mann
Publication Date: 2010

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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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 The bylaws of the National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS), a membership section of NLADA, as amended March 1, 2004.

Author/Organization: National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS)
Publication Date: 03/01/2004

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On July 1, 2008, the Colorado State Court Administrator and the State Public Defender jointly requested a formal opinion from the state Attorney General on the constitutionality of the law requiring misdemeanor defendants to delay appointment of counsel until after speaking with a prosecutor about a plea deal.  Attorney General response included.

Author/Organization: Colorado State Court Administrator and the State Public Defender
Publication Date: 07/01/2008

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