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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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The Executive Session on Public Defense, Bulletin #1: Bolder Management for Public Defense: Leadership in Three Dimensions (NCJ 187768) Cait Clarke and Christopher Stone (Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government) 2001 Bureau of Justice Assistance Using examples from around the Nation, this paper suggests ways in which managers of public defense services can lead their organizations and their field.
BJA Bulletin: The Miami-Dade Public Defenderís Office Juvenile Sentencing Advocacy Project (NCJ 187158) Kelly D. Johnson (Institute on Crime, Justice and Corrections at The George Washington University) 2001 Bureau of Justice Assistance Miami-Dade Public Defender's Juvenile Sentencing Advocacy Project is a juvenile justice sentencing plan that permits judges in adult courts to sentence transferred juveniles to the State's Department of Juvenile Justice, thereby maximizing the effective rehabilitation of youth in a system that was designed to recognize and respond to the developmental needs of adolescents.
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.
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and American Bar Association, Bar Information Program State Commissions Project: The Year in Review (The Spangenberg Report, Volume VI, Issue 3, Feb. 2001) David J. Carroll (The Spangenberg Group) 2001 Bureau of Justice Assistance This report has articles on individual states' indigent defense efforts, regional developments, and an international perspective. Articles topics include a release of a Texas indigent defense study, DOJ's release of Standards for Indigent Defense Systems, and the Iowa Indigent Defense Advisory Committee
BJS Special report: National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems, 1999: State-Funded Indigent Defense Services, 1999 (NCJ 188464) Carol J. DeFrances (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics) 2001 Bureau of Justice Statistics This report examines the characteristics and operations of State-funded indigent defense systems, including how the programs are organized and state operating expenditures.
BJA Bulletin: Providing Effective Representation for Youth Prosecuted as Adults (NCJ 182502) Malcolm C. Young (The Sentencing Project) 2000 Bureau of Justice Assistance This bulletin describes successes in public defendersí attempts to provide high-quality representation to youth prosecuted in adult criminal courts. It uses the experiences of defenders across the country to identify key elements of defender programs that effectively meet the needs of transferred children.
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.
Compendium of Standards for Indigent Defense Systems: A Resource Guide for Practitioners and Policymakers (NCJ 187860) Neal Miller (Institute for Law and Justice), Peter Ohlhausen (Ohlhausen Research, Inc.) 2000 Bureau of Justice Assistance This national compendium of standards helps assess the adequacy or appropriateness of indigent defense services: administration of defense systems; attorney performance; capital case representation; appellate representation; and juvenile justice defense.
BJS Special Report: Defense Counsel in Criminal Cases (NCJ 179023) Caroline Wolf Harlow (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics) 2000 Bureau of Justice Statistics This report examines issues of legal representation for defendants in Federal district court and large state courts, and inmates in local jails and Federal and State prison. It briefly describes types of publicly financed programs available to both Federal and local defendants.
BJA Monograph: Contracting for Indigent Defense Services: A Special Report (NCJ 181160) Robert L. Spangenberg, Marea L. Beeman, David J. Carroll, David Freedman, Evelyn Pan, David J. Newhouse, and Dorothy Chan (The Spangenberg Group) 2000 Bureau of Justice Assistance Written for individuals in the justice system who are using, considering or implementing an indigent defense contract system, this report presents the major judicial and legislative attempts to deal with those systems, examines the best and worst features of contract systems and discusses the national standards that govern contract systems.