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.
|Indigent Defense Systems Analysis Project – Final Report (NCJ 043542)||Shelvin Singer, Beth Lynch, Karen Smith (National Legal Aid and Defender Association)||1976||The Law Enforcement Assistance Administration/National Institute Justice||This is a study of defense services for indigents and of plea-bargaining practices as they relate to indigent defendants. The study report offers a description of the staffing, operations, and caseloads of the defense system surveyed and an analysis of plea-bargaining practices in these systems.|
|Evaluation Design for the Offices of the Public Defender (NCJ 36019)||Roberta Rovner-Pieczenik, Alan Rapoport and Martha Lane (National Legal Aid & Defender Association)||1976||Law Enforcement Assistance Administration||This handbook assesses the quality of services being delivered by public defenders through evaluation of delivery of legal and supportive services, quality of representation, and functioning as an adversary.|
|Guidelines for Legal Defense Systems in the United States: Report of the National Study Commission on Defense Services - Final Report 1976 (NCJ 41494)||National Legal Aid & Defender Association||1976||Law Enforcement Assistance Administration||This Summary of Recommendations from the National Study Commission on Defense Services, excerpts the Guidelines from the comprehensive Report of the U.S. Department of Justice-funded Commission convened by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.|
|How Does Your Defender Office Rate? Self-Evaluation Model for Public Defender Offices (NCJ 36018)||Roberta Rovner-Pieczenik, Alan Rapoport and Martha Lane (National Legal Aid & Defender Association)||1976||Law Enforcement Assistance Administration||This manual discusses how public defenders can assess the quality of representation afforded by their offices through comparison of office performances with performance standards established by the profession.|
|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.