2012 -- NATIONAL LEVEL
American Bar Association (ABA), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
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ABSTRACT & CITATION
This report is the outcome of a daylong discussion by a focus group made up of 18 influential criminal justice stakeholders – including members of all branches of government, defense attorneys, prosecutors, scholars, and activists from around the country – who have pioneered innovative and cost-effective approaches to improving indigent defense. The focus group was convened by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (ABA SCLAID) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), with the support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The report is organized into three topics. First is reclassification and diversion, concerning reforms that decrease the number of criminal cases entering the system. Second, the report addresses delivery of services, by describing efforts in a number of states to improve defender representation through standards and oversight bodies, better-focused training, and involvement of the private bar. Finally, opportunities for increased collaboration and cooperation within and beyond the criminal justice system are explored. A moderator’s summary pinpoints four areas where federal financial assistance would be most beneficial for these projects. Appended to the report are remarks by Attorney General Eric Holder and earlier reports that the focus group delivered to the Department of Justice.
American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2012). National Indigent Defense Reform: The Solution Is Multifaceted.Topics: Caseloads, Ethical and Professional Responsibilities, Funding, Independence of Defense Providers, Misdemeanors, Pro Bono, Supervision, Training
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