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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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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.
National Defender Leadership Project - Ultimate Advocacy: A Defenderís Guide to Asset-Based Management (NCJ 183510) Nancy Vorsanger, Kirsten Levingston, Dara Orenstein (Vera Institute of Justice) 2000 Bureau of Justice Assistance This booklet describes the role of defender offices in guiding indigent clients to health and social services for productive lives, through an approach called "asset-based management."
The Fair Defense Report: Findings and Recommendations on Indigent Defense Practices in Texas Texas Appleseed Fair Defense Project 2000 Bureau of Justice Assistance This study of county-level indigent defense practices in Texas compares and evaluates the many different indigent defense systems across the state, to reveal their structural weaknesses and identify their strengths.
Indigent Defense Services in the State of Nevada: Findings & Recommendations David J. Carroll, Robert L. Spangenberg, Rangita de Silva-de Alwis, Jaime Bailey (The Spangenberg Group) 2000 Bureau of Justice Assistance This report details serious problems with the current provision of indigent defense services in Nevada and takes a national perspective to provides its ultimate findings/recommendations.
BJS Bulletin: Indigent Defense Services in Large Counties, 1999 (NCJ 184932) Carol J. Defrances and Marika F. X. Litras (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics) 1999 Bureau of Justice Statistics This bulletin presents findings from the National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems, 1999. The report details the methods by which indigent criminal defense is delivered in the Nation's 100 most populous counties. It also compares the operating expenditures, staffing, and caseloads of the different types of indigent defense services used in those counties
National Defender Leadership Project - Ultimate Advocacy: A Defenderís Guide to Reflective Practice (NCJ 183511) Ellen Schall and Nancy Vorsanger (Vera Institute of Justice) 1999 Bureau of Justice Assistance This booklet advises that by developing a reflective practice that critiques defender operations and styles, a defender office can build a broader repertoire of responses that counters the temptation to repeat familiar but ineffective patterns
National Defender Leadership Project - Ultimate Advocacy: A Defenderís Guide to Strategic Management (NCJ 183512) Nancy Vorsanger, Kirsten D. Levingston and Dara Orenstein (Vera Institute of Justice ) 1999 Bureau of Justice Assistance This booklet advises that there are three major issues to be considered before making a leadership decision: value, legitimacy and support, and operational capacity.
BJA Monograph: Indigent Defense and Technology: A Progress Report (NCJ 179003) Robert L. Spangenberg, Marea L. Beeman, David J. Carroll, David Freedman, Evelyn Pan, David J. Newhouse and Dorothy Chan (The Spangenberg Group) 1999 Bureau of Justice Assistance This report looks at how technology is changing the way attorneys and staff work in public defender offices.
Improving Criminal Justice Systems Through Expanded Strategies and Innovative Collaborations: Report of the National Symposium on Indigent Defense (February 25-26, 1999) (NCJ 181344) Richard J. Wilson (Washington College of Law at American University); Scott Wallace (National Legal Aid & Defender Association); Patricia Puritz (American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center) 1999 Bureau of Justice Assistance This report presents the outcomes of the National Symposium on Indigent Defense (held February 25-26, 1999), which was convened by the U.S. Justice Department to explore ways in which the leaders of indigent defense systems can effectively forge alliances, build and strengthen innovative partnerships, and otherwise collaborate in ways that enhance the representation of indigent criminal defendants.