Friday, April 16, 2010

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

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

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Gideon Alert: Oklahoma indigent defense system in crisis

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

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gideon Alert: Minnesota public defenders file grievance over workload

The Star Tribune reports that line public defenders in 11 Minnesota counties have filed a labor grievance over excessive workload.  The grievance sites a February 2010

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Gideon Alert: Yolo County, California budget woes threaten criminal justice system

Any discussion of state obligation to fund and administer indigent defense would be remiss without a discussion of California.  California requires counties to fund all trial-level and most appellate indigent defense services.  However, unlike a state like Michigan, per capita spending for indigent defense services by California counties is significant.

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10:32 AM
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Gideon Alert: Georgia governor considers shifting state's right to counsel obligations back to county governments

The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution reports that the Governor and key legislators are seriously considering shifting the financial burden of funding the right to counsel back to Georgia’s counties.  Despite stating in 2003 that the state was not meeting its &ld

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9:16 AM
Friday, April 2, 2010

Gideon Alert: Warren County, Mississippi struggles to provide right to counsel services

The Vicksburg Post reports this morning on Warren County’s struggle to provide right to counsel services.  Mississippi requires its counties to fund and administer all trial-level and most appellate defense.  Many counties, including War

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