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Gideon Alert: The continued devolution of Georgia’s indigent defense system leads to case-by-case fixes with mixed results

BY David Carroll on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM

A consent decree issued by a northern Georgia Superior Court on July 8, 2010 in a class action lawsuit should be cause for celebration.  But in this instance, it really serves as a reminder of the continuing devolution of Gideon’s promise that is taking place i

Consent decree in the Cantwell v. Crawford class action lawsuit brought by the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) against the Director of the Georgia Public Defense Standards Council (GPDSC) alleging a systemic denial of counsel due to budget constraints. Decree requires appointment of counsel with 24-hours, workload controls and adherence to performance standards.

Author/Organization: Superior Court Judge, Augusta Judicial Circuit, State of Georgia
Publication Date: 07/08/2010

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Gideon Alert: Striking a balance in protecting defendant-lawyer communications in jails

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 5:25 AM

A recent story reported by The Ledger out of Polk County (Bartow), Florida tells of a conflict between the Sheriff’s Department and the Public Defender Office.  The Sherif

Correspondence related to the recording of jail telephone calls in Polk County, Florida.
 

Author/Organization: J. Marion Moorman
Publication Date: 06/29/2010

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Correspondence related to the recording of jail telephone calls in Polk County, Florida.

Author/Organization: J. Marion Moorman
Publication Date: 06/04/2010

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Correspondence related to the recording of jail telephone calls in Polk County, Florida.

Author/Organization: Cassandra I. Denmark
Publication Date: 05/27/2010

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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

Gideon Alert: Nevada reform stalls over definition of a "case"

BY David Carroll on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 9:21 AM

How many cases are too many?  The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Nevada Supreme Court Indigent Defense Commission can’t get to the question because they are hung up on the definition of a “case.” 

The State of Nevada is experiencing an indigent defense crisis that negatively impacts the ability of the criminal courts to reach verdicts that are fair, correct, swift and final.  Though the Supreme Court is applauded for, among other things, creating uniform eligibility standards, removing the judiciary from direct oversight of indigent defense services, instituting attorney performance standards, and providing training on those standards, the crisis continues unabated due in large part to indigent defense providers carrying excessive caseloads beyond a level at which they can provide ethical representation to their clients.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 10/02/2009

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