On March 8, the Crime Report ran a well-rounded article on holistic representation: “Can the ‘Holistic Approach’ Solve The Crisis in Public Defense?” We don’t have much to add, other than to suggest the article is worth checking out.
The article notes a partnership between the Bronx Defenders’ Center for Holistic Defense and the U.S. Department of Justice, now in its second year. The technical assistance provided by the Center under this partnership aims to help state, county, and local defender systems and offices to develop holistic defense practices in their jurisdictions. Unfortunately, the Center is no longer accepting proposals for the 2011 RFP. For more information on the Center for Holistic Defense, contact Project Director Alex Sierck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718.838.7857.