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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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NIJ Issues & Practices: Containing the Costs of Indigent Defense Programs: Eligibility Screening and Cost Recovery Procedures (NCJ 103682) Robert L. Spangenberg (Abt Associates) 1986 National Institute of Justice This report reviews two of the most popular methods of cost control in indigent defense programs: 1) systematic review of defendantís eligibility for representation, and 2) costs recovery for those defendants able to contribute to the costs of their defense.
Criminal Defense for the Poor, 1986 (NCJ 112919) Robert L. Spangenberg, Judy Kapuseinski and Patricia A. Smith (The Spangenberg Group) 1986 Bureau of Justice Statistics This study replicates the methodology used in a 1982 survey of State criminal defense programs for the poor, using a stratified sample of 718 counties in 50 States to update and provide comparable data on indigent defense services.
National Criminal Defense Systems Study, Final Report (NCJ 94702) Robert L. Spangenberg, Beverly Lee, Michael Battaglia, Patricia A. Smith and A. David Davis (Abt Associates) 1986 Bureau of Justice Statistics Based on survey responses from 750 county and State officials, this report is intended for use by indigent defense practitioners as wellas planners and policymakers.
Early Representation by Defense Counsel Field Test: Final Evaluation Report (NCJ 97595) Ernest J. Fazio Jr., Sandra Wexler, M.A., Thomas Foster, Michael J. Lowy, David Sheppard, Juliet A. Musso (Urban and Rural Systems Associates) 1985 National Institute of Justice This text evaluates the Early Representation by Defense Counsel field test, which was a national policy experiment designed to test the efficacy of early representation by the public defender for indigent, noncapital felony defendants.
Early Representation by Defense Counsel Field Test - Final Evaluation Report - Executive Summary (NCJ 97596) Ernest J. Fazio Jr., Sandra Wexler, M.A., Thomas Foster, Michael J. Lowy, David Sheppard and Juliet A. Musso (Urban and Rural Systems Associates) 1985 National Institute of Justice This report is an evaluation from an investion of the impact of an early representation program, which provided public defender services to defendants as early in the adjudication process as possible and which enhanced normal service by including early investigation and early plea negotiation on the management of and services delivered by the public defender office, on the attorney-client relationship and on the criminal justice system.
Early Representation by Defense Counsel Field Test Evaluation - The Shelby County Experience - A Case Study (NCJ 102913) Ernest J. Fazio Jr., Sandra Wexler, M.A., Thomas Foster, Michael J. Lowy, David Sheppard and Juliet A. Musso (Urban and Rural Systems Associates) 1984 National Institute of Justice This case study describes Shelby County, Tennessee's successful development and implementation of the Early Representation by Defense Counsel field test in which felony defendants were screened soon after arrest for program eligibility, randomly assigned into test and control groups, and test defendants were represented by attorneys as soon as possible.
BJS Special Report: A National Survey - Criminal Defense Systems (NCJ 94630) Carla K. Gaskins (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics) 1984 Bureau of Justice Statistics This survey provides national data on public defense system types, funding sources, costs, and caseloads.
Criminal Defense Systems Study: Final Report (NCJ 100519) Robert Spangenberg, Beverly Lee, M. Battaglia, P. Smith and A.D. Davis (Abt Associates) 1984 Bureau of Justice Statistics These 1984 survey results provide nationwide data on types of indigent defense systems, funding sources, costs, and caseloads.
Productivity and Resource Allocation in Prosecution and Public Defenders (NCJ 098920) Joan E. Jacoby, E.C. Ratledge (Jefferson Institute for Justice Studies) 1983 National Institute of Justice This report discusses the inadequacy of productivity measures for many public delivery systems and issues associated with labor as an input productivity models and also reports on research that measured the amount of prosecutor and public defender effort in processing cases to completion.
Early Representation by Defense Counsel in Shelby County, Tennessee 1982-1983: Final Report (NCJ 95725) Steven E. Weitzman (Office of the Public Defender of Shelby County) 1983 National Institute of Justice This is the report from one site that was involved in a larger field test which investigated the impact of an early representation program that provided the services of the public defender to defendants as early in the adjudication as possible. It concludes that normal services were enhanced by early investigation and early plea negotiation on the management and services delivered by the public defenders office,and on the attorney-client relationship and the criminal justice system.