2009 -- NATIONAL LEVEL
ABSTRACT & CITATION
This article summarizes the findings of the National Right to Counsel Committee’s 2009 report, “Justice Denied: America’s Continuing Neglect of Our Constitutional Right to Counsel.” The report was based on existing studies and independent research by the Committee and its partners, including NLADA. It describes what is meant by “right to counsel” and how indigent defense systems have failed to deliver on its guarantee. Some of the challenges described briefly in this article are excessive caseloads, lack of funding, and organizational conflicts. The report also offers recommendations for reform to be implemented by both state and federal actors, including legislation and litigation. This article highlights a few of those recommendations.
Lefstein, N. (2009). A broken indigent defense system observations and recommendations of a new national report. Human Rights, 36(2), 11-15,25.Topics: Caseloads, Experts, Funding, Independence of Defense Providers, Investigation, Misdemeanors
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