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Since the 1970s, the U.S. Department of Justice has both funded and authored a variety of studies and reports relevant to the provision of indigent defense services. Where possible, links to the reports have been included and more will come on line in the coming months. As we work to make this a comprehensive bibliography of indigent defense materials authored or funded by the Department, please contact the Access to Justice Initiative at 202-514-5312 about any appropriate publications that may be missing from this list.

 
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Final Report of the National Defender Leadership Project Vera Institute of Justice 2001 Bureau of Justice Assistance This report is an overview of the National Defender Leadership project, which provides technical assistance and consulting services to criminal defense practitioners and policy makers nationwide.
A Conference Report: National Symposium on Indigent Defense 2000: Redefining Leadership for Equal Justice (June 29-30, 2000) (NCJ 187491) U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs 2000 Bureau of Justice Assistance This is the final report on the National Symposium on Indigent Defense 2000 (Washington, DC, June 29-30, 2000), encouraging criminal justice professionals to collaboratively promote the integrity of the criminal justice system and providing recommendations for action by State delegations.
An Exemplary Project: The Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, Vol. II: Training Materials (NCJ 15081) U.S. Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration 1975 Law Enforcement Assistance Administration This training manual assists public defender agencies in developing an in-house capability for training new staff attorneys. Volume 2 covers public defender training systems, training programs for new attorneys, and materials for a jury practice course

An Exemplary Project: The Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, Vol. I: Policies and Procedure (NCJ 15080)

U.S. Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration 1975 Law Enforcement Assistance Administration

This training manual assists public defender agencies in developing an in-house capability for training new staff attorneys. Volume 1 contains detailed descriptions of the public defender service program, including information on planning and management, legal and investigative services, rehabilitation and post-conviction alternatives, program evaluation, and costs.

National Justice Agency List, 1980:Public Defender Agencies Subfile (NCJ 96167) U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics 1983 Bureau of Justice Statistics The report offers a list of public defender offices operating at the time of publication.
The Executive Session on Public Defense, Bulletin #2: What Policymakers Need To Know To Improve Public Defense Systems (NCJ 190725) Tony Fabelo (Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government) 2001 Bureau of Justice Assistance This paper is one in a series of papers developed by the Executive Session on Public Defense, a 30-member effort with leading figures in public defense. It sets out questions to aid policymakers in assessing the value and effectiveness of their public defense systems.
Who’s Better at Defending Criminals? Does Type of Defense Attorney Matter in Terms of Producing Favorable Case Outcomes Thomas H. Cohen 2011 The Bureau of Justice Statistics This paper examines whether there are differences between defense counsel type and the adjudication and sentencing phases of criminal case processing. Results show that private attorneys and public defenders secure similar adjudication and sentencing outcomes for their clients. Defendants with assigned counsel, however, receive less favorable outcomes compared to their counterparts with public defenders. This article concludes by discussing the policy implications of these findings and possible avenues for future research.
BJA Monograph, Indigent Defense Series #4: Keeping Defender Workloads Manageable (NCJ 185632) The Spangenberg Group 2001 Bureau of Justice Assistance This report discusses approaches developed by public defender organizations, state legislatures, state courts and other entities to managing the workloads of attorneys who represent indigent defendants.
OJP Fact Sheet: Indigent Defense The Office of Justice Programs 2011 The Office of Justice Programs This Fact Sheet offers a brief snapshot of the current state of indigent defense in the U.S. as well as links to other indigent-defense-related informational resources. (FS 000381, December 2011, OJP)
Title: Indigent Defense: DOJ Could Increase Awareness of Eligible Funding and Better Determine the Extent to Which Funds Help Support This Purpose (NCJ 238757) The Government Accountability Office 2012 The Government Accountability Office This report addresses, for fiscal years 2005 through 2010, the (1) types of support DOJ provided for indigent defense; (2) extent to which eligible DOJ funding was allocated or awarded for indigent defense, the factors affecting these decisions, and DOJ’s actions to address them; (3) percentage of DOJ funding allocated for indigent defense and how it was used; (4) extent to which DOJ collects data on indigent defense funding; and (5) extent to which DOJ assesses the impacts of indigent defense grants, indigent defense programs have been evaluated, and DOJ has supported evaluation efforts. (NCJ 238757, May 2012)