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- Georgetown University will examine the factors that lead juveniles to waive their right to counsel. Through the study of 400 pairs of parents and youth of varying ages, the researchers will assess intellectual functioning, emotional symptoms, psychosocial maturity, and knowledge and beliefs about attorneys and the adjudication process.
- The Vera Institute of Justice will study the challenges facing attorneys who represent indigent defendants with mental health disorders. Through a study of 250 pairs of attorneys and their clients, this research will identify resource constraints, ethical dilemmas, practical challenges and best practices that affect the ability of indigent defense attorneys to provide effective counsel that meets the needs of this group of defendants.
- Building and Enhancing Criminal Justice Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships — This solicitation seeks research that can provide practical solutions to obstacles that criminal justice practitioners face.
- Graduate Research Fellowship Program — This fellowship program is for graduate students and allows the fellow to propose research related to indigent defense.
- Research and Evaluation on Justice Systems: Investigator-Initiated — This solicitation emphasizes indigent defense as an identified research area.
- Social Science Research on Forensic Science — This solicitation seeks research that examines the impact of forensic advances on the criminal justice system and looks at changes in policies to adapt to the greater use of forensic evidence.
- W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for Research on Race, Gender, Culture and Crime — This fellowship program is geared towards those with a terminal degree and allows the fellow to propose research related to indigent defense.
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