2013 -- NATIONAL LEVEL
M. Clark, Deborah Leff
ABSTRACT & CITATION
This article describes the contributions that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has made to indigent defense reform since 2010. Primary among these is the establishment of the Access to Justice Initiative, which has collaborated with other DOJ components such as the Office of Justice Programs and Civil Rights Division to expand the availability of the quality criminal defense. Among the Initiative’s projects to date is research of defense systems nationwide and outreach to the international community through the United Nations. The Initiative has also been instrumental in launching a number of DOJ grant programs, especially “Answering Gideon’s Call: Strengthening Indigent Defense Through Implementing the ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System,” a $1.2 million program that aided four agencies in meeting the ABA Principles. Other grant programs for public defenders have assisted offices in hiring more attorneys, training in technical skills, and improving representation in capital and tribal court cases. The DOJ has also been bringing defenders into the strategic planning sessions for their state and local block grants, which previously shut defenders out. All of these efforts are components of the Attorney General’s stated commitment to making Gideon a reality.
Leff, Deborah, & Clark, Melanca (2013). Doing justice to Gideon. Human Rights, 39(4), 7-11.Topics: Caseloads, Death Penalty, Ethical and Professional Responsibilities, Experts, Funding, Investigation, Salaries, Support Services, Training
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