Indigent Defense Services in the State of Nevada

The inadequacy of indigent defense systems in Nevada became a primary focus of the Nevada Supreme Court Task Force for the Study of Racial and Economic Bias in the Justice System (Task Force). In 1997, the Task Force issued a report that found there was inadequate financial support of public defender offices throughout the state to ensure quality representation. The Task Force’s Implementation Committee received technical assistance under a joint grant from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the ABA’s Bar Information Program to make recommendations for sustainable improvement to indigent defense services. The DOJ/ABA report concluded, among other things, that: (1) indigent defendants throughout the state of Nevada are not afforded equal justice; (2) the state indigent defense system is in crisis; and (3) workload issues among public defenders have resulted in expedited procedures that jeopardize defendants’ rights.

Author/Organization: The Spangenberg Group
Publication Date: 12/2000

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