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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 Selected Findings: Census of Public Defender Offices, 2007: Public Defender Offices, 2007 – Statistical Tables (Revised) (NCJ 228538) Lynn Langton and Donald J. Farole, Jr. (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics) 2010 Bureau of Justice Statistics This report provides a summary of focus group discussions held to review the successes and failures in the delivery of public defense services, and assess the lessons learned resulting in recommendations for the future.
Evidence-Based Practices and Criminal Defense: Opportunities, Challenges, and Practical Considerations (NCJ 226731) Kimberly A. Weibrecht (Crime and Justice Institute and the National Institute of Corrections) 2008 National Institute of Corrections (Federal Bureau of Prisons) This paper provides guidance to criminal defense attorneys on how they can use findings of evidence-based practices (EBP) to improve advocacy for their clients in terms of effective correctional case management based on a client's objective risk and needs assessment. One in a set of papers focused on the role of system stakeholders in reducing offender recidivism through the use of evidence-based practices in corrections.
Public Defense Reform Since Gideon: Improving the Administration of Justice By Building On Our Successes and Learning From Our Failures - A Public Defense Leadership Focus Group (NCJ 230794) U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance; National Legal Aid & Defender Association; Bureau of Justice Assistance Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project at American University 2008 Bureau of Justice Assistance This report provides a summary of focus group discussions held to review the successes and failures in the delivery of public defense services and assess the lessons learned resulting in recommendations for the future.
North Carolina: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings (NCJ 204538) Lynn Grindall and Patricia Puritz (American Bar Association and the Southern Juvenile Justice Center in collaboration with National Juvenile Defender Center and the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services) 2003 Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention This study assesses access to legal counsel and the quality of legal representation for juveniles in delinquency proceedings in North Carolina.
Efficiency, Timeliness, and Quality: A New Perspective from Nine State Criminal Trial Courts (NCJ 178403) Brian J. Ostrom and Roger A. Hanson (National Center for State Courts) 2003 National Institute of Justice This study examines the relationship between case processing timeliness and quality, finding that more efficient work orientations attorneys and attorneys’ views about their work environment and toward each other’s activities were linked to the timeliness of their court.
The Implementation and Impact of Indigent Defense Standards (NCJ 205023) Scott Wallace and David Carroll (National Legal Aid & Defender Association) 2003 National Institute of Justice This report discusses the impact of indigent defense standards in assessing the need for standardization of this constitutionally mandated governmental service.
The Executive Session on Public Defense, Bulletin #3: Cultural Revolution: Transforming the Public Defender’s Office (NCJ 193773) Robin Steinberg and David Feige (Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government) 2002 Bureau of Justice Assistance This bulletin discusses basic values of the public defender culture in order to create a desire to re-evaluate these values and provide a set of concrete suggestions by which public defender managers can make an office model more holistic.
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.
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.
BJA Bulletin: Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project (NCJ 185780) Joseph A. Trotter (Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project, American University) 2001 Bureau of Justice Assistance This report describes the services and summarizes the publications of the Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project. Services include onsite consultation to individual courts, justice system agencies, and general government agencies, multijurisdictional workshops, and best-practice guides.