On May 9, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report assessing the ways in which the federal government has provided funding and other federal support to the states for indigent defense for the last seven years. Among other issues, the report discusses the types of support that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has provided to states, how much funding states allocated to indigent defense, the extent to which DOJ collects data on indigent defense funding, and the extent to which DOJ assesses the impact of indigent defense grants. The report also includes recommendations for DOJ. The report can be found at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-569. A Gideon Alert containing a more thorough analysis of the report and its implications for indigent defense system will follow within the coming days.
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