In Defense of Public Access to Justice -- An Assessment of Trial-Level Indigent Defense Services in Louisiana 40 Years After Gideon

NLADA studied a rural Parish in Louisiana -- Avoyelles Parish --to understand how public defense services were provided in non-urban jurisdictions. This 2004 report finds that, in direct violation of state and federal constitutions, Louisiana government had constructed a disparate system that fostered systemic ineffective assistance of counsel due primarily to inadequate funding and a lack of independence from undue political interference.

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Publication Date: 03/2004

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