Gideon Alert: Ohio Public Defender Commission to force change in Hamilton County (Cincinnati)

BY David Carroll on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

On June 27th, 2010 the Cincinnati Enquirer reported about how the Ohio Public Defender Commission (OPDC) is forcing change to public defense services in Hamilton County, by withholding state reimbursements and potentially suing the county ov

Gideon Alert: Best practices on display in Oregon and Santa Clara County (San Jose), California

BY David Carroll on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM

As jurisdictions across the country struggle to overcome right to counsel systemic deficiencies, it is valuable to remember that some jurisdictions do serve as best practice models.  For example, the Oregon Public Defender Services Commission has total authority to establish and maintain a public defense system that ensures quality, effectiveness, efficiency and accountabil

In August 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union, The Brennan Center for Justice, The Constitution Project, The Innocence Project, NAACP-Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association filed a briefing paper with the United States House Judiciary, Sub-Committee on Crime, Terrorism & Homeland Security detailing a multifaceted approach to stemming our nation's indigent defense crisis.  The paper presents recommendations around four themes: accountability, adherence to standards; adequate resources; and fairness.

Author/Organization: ACLU, Brennan Center, Constitution Project, Innocence Project, NAACP- Legal Defense & Education Fund, NACDL, and NLADA
Publication Date: 09/31/2009

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Gideon Alert: Flat fee contracting creates separate but unequal juvenile justice in Los Angeles

BY David Carroll on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 11:37 AM

On June 14, 2010, the Los Angeles Times published a spotlight report on the unequal treatment juveniles receive when represented by a private conflict attorney working under a flat fee contract of $345 per case.  The story highlights the false assumption

Gideon Alert: Gulf oil spill mires Louisiana's right to counsel reforms

BY David Carroll on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 9:46 AM

The Louisiana legislature passed the Louisiana Public Defender Act of 2007 (“Act 307”) on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote with the expressed intent of ensuring that “all indigent criminal defendants who are eligible to have appointed counsel at public expense receive effective assistance of counsel at each critical stage of the proceeding,” and “t

Gideon Alert: Military build-up expected to make Guam public defender crisis worse

BY David Carroll on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Public defender services in Guam were formally created in 1968.  In 1975, legislation created the Public Defender Services Corporation (PDSC), an island-wide organization overseen by a board of trustees to assist low-income people with civil, criminal, and juvenile proceedings.  Through rule-making authority, the Board of PDSC has a power most public defenders in the c

Gideon Alert: New York Times highlights public defense crisis and the underfunding of legal services

BY David Carroll on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM

A New York Times editorial on May 17, 2010 identifies the nexus between our nation’s deficient right to counsel systems and the failure of policymakers to address the underlying societal issues that increase the need for indigent defense services today.&nbsp

Gideon Alert: 11 minute justice in South Carolina misdemeanor courts

BY David Carroll on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:19 PM

In 2007, the State of South Carolina took a major step forward in assuring the promise of Gideon v.

Gideon Alert: California counties exhibit wide disparity of services

BY David Carroll on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Justice should not be dependent on which side of a county line one’s crime is alleged to be committed.