Public Defense Reform

Gideon Alert: California counties exhibit wide disparity of services

BY David Carroll on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Justice should not be dependent on which side of a county line one’s crime is alleged to be committed.

Gideon Alert: former Florida Chief Justice speaks out against privatization of services

BY David Carroll on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:17 PM

In today’s Miami Herald, former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald Kogan has penned an op-ed opposing a proposal - currently before the state legislature - to privatize a portion of the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s caseload at a rate of $700 pe

Georgia Update

BY David Carroll on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM

On April 7, GIDEON ALERTS relayed an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that the governor and key legislators were seriously considering shifting the state’s financial burden of funding the right to counsel back to Georgia&rsq

Gideon Alert: right to counsel threatened after Utah public defender office closes

BY David Carroll on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Utah statutes require a measure of quality in the provision of right to counsel services.  By law, counties must provide “timely representation by competent legal counsel” who must have “undivided loyalty” to their clients and the “investigatory resources n

Gideon Alert: Illinois reneges on promise to pay county chief public defender salaries

BY David Carroll on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Although there are right to counsel systems that are systemically deficient below the Mason-Dixon line (chiefly Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi), the region of the country most consistently failing to provide constitutionally adequate indigent defense represention is the Rust Belt (starting in upstate New York and continuing through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michig

Gideon Alert: Oklahoma indigent defense system in crisis

BY David Carroll on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 7:06 AM

The Oklahoma Indigent Defense System (OIDS) was created in the early 1990’s to represent all indigent adults and juveniles in 75 counties.  Staff public defenders handle all serious felony cases, death cases, direct appeals and post-conviction, while contract attorneys handle other felonies, misdemeanors and delinquency cases.  The two major urban counties (Tulsa

The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) requested that NLADA conduct an evaluation of the public defense system in ten upstate counties. The counties studied are representative of the various types of defense systems used throughout upstate New York. The NLADA report on Franklin County (Oct 2007) "exemplifies our general observation that leaving the task of funding public defense services to the counties – even in part – endangers a state’s entire ability to dispense justice fairly."

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 10/2007

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The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) requested that NLADA conduct an evaluation of the public defense system in ten upstate counties. The counties studied are representative of the various types of defense systems used throughout upstate New York. This document is the final report (published April 2009) of NLADA's findings and recommendations for Tioga County, along with a report card (published 2007).

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 04/2009

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The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) requested that NLADA conduct an evaluation of the public defense system in ten upstate counties. The counties studied are representative of the various types of defense systems used throughout upstate New York. This document is the final report (published April 2009) of NLADA's findings and recommendations for Ontario County, along with a report card (published 2007).

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 04/2009

Items contained in the NLADA Library do not and are not meant to constitute advice of any kind. Content in the NLADA Library is contributed by users. If you believe this material infringes your or any other person’s copyright or if you feel that the material is inappropriate, please report this to NLADA Staff by clicking below.

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The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) requested that NLADA conduct an evaluation of the public defense system in ten upstate counties. The counties studied are representative of the various types of defense systems used throughout upstate New York. This document is the final report (published April 2009) of NLADA's findings and recommendations for Sullivan County, along with a report card (published 2007).

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 04/2009

Items contained in the NLADA Library do not and are not meant to constitute advice of any kind. Content in the NLADA Library is contributed by users. If you believe this material infringes your or any other person’s copyright or if you feel that the material is inappropriate, please report this to NLADA Staff by clicking below.

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