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The Crucible of Adversarial Testing, Access to Counsel in Deleware's Criminal Courts - 6th Amendment Center 2014

This document discusses Delaware’s indigent defense system, and the lack of proper defense for defendants despite the state employing capable attorneys. The system either pressures defendants to waive their right to defense or provides attorneys too late, therefore failing to protect defendants’ 6th amendment right. #Defense

The Crucible of Adversarial Testing, Access to Counsel in Deleware's Criminal Courts - 6th Amendment Center 2014.pdf


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National Indigent Defense Reform: The Solution is Multifaceted - NACDL 2012

This report discusses the findings of the National Indigent Defense Reform: The Solution is Multifaceted Focus Group...#Defense

National Indigent Defense Reform - The Solution is Multifaceted - NACDL 2012.pdf


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Undervalued: An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Juvenile Defense Counsel in New Hampshire - NJDC 2020

The report found that an absence of dedicated juvenile defense practitioners in New Hampshire leads to many youth waiving their rights and facing long-term consequences. Nearly every aspect of the defense system is set up to devalue juvenile delinquency cases, often leading to youth receiving constitutionally deficient counsel. The assessment also found that defense counsel is often not appointed early enough in a young person’s case in the New Hampshire juvenile court system



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Joint Statement by Defense Organizations on Pretrial Risk Assessment Instruments, updated March 2019

The American Council of Chief Defenders, Gideon’s Promise, the National Association for Public Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association "support the use of a validated pretrial risk assessment as a component of a fair pretrial release system, in any jurisdiction where it is evident, based on input from the local criminal defense stakeholders and impacted communities who understand the unique circumstances surrounding pretrial release in their jurisdiction, that it will serve to reduce unnecessary detention and help to eliminate racial and ethnic bias in the outcome of the pretrial decisions."

JOINT STATEMENT - PRETRIAL RISK ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS.pdf


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The Reality of Pretrial Detention, Colorado Jail Stories - Colorado Criminal Defense Institute 2015

This document uses defendant anecdotes from the state of Colorado who were unable to post bail and therefore detained. Their stays in jail demonstrate the negative effects of jail time on the lives of defendants, including loss of jobs and homes, loss of personal belongings, negative impacts on...

The Reality of Pretrial Detention, Colorado Jail Stories - Colorado Criminal Defense Institute 2015.pdf


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Policy Statement on the Predatory Collection of Costs, Fines, and Fees in America's Criminal Courts - NAPD 2015

This document from the National Association for Public Defense discusses the use of fines, fees, and other costs in the pretrial system that disproportionately impacts poor defendants and defendants of color...#Defense #PolicyStatement

Policy Statement on the Predatory Collection of Costs, Fines, and Fees in America's Criminal Courts - NAPD 2015.pdf


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Bringing Balance to Pretrial Proceedings, Solutions for Early Representation of Indigent Defendants - Center for Effective Justice 2015

This document analyzes the lack of indigent defense despite a defendant’s constitutional right to counsel and the benefits of having an attorney present at time of arraignment. #Defense

Bringing Balance to Pretrial Proceedings, Solutions for Early Representation of Indigent Defendants - Center for Effective Justice 2015.pdf



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Joint Defender Statement on Pretrial Risk Assessment Instruments - updated 2019

This 2019 statement by the American Council of Chief Defenders, Gideon’s Promise, the National Association for Public Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association updates its 2017 statement and supports the use of validated pretrial risk assessments with several checks and balances, including data collection, due process protections and input from impacted communities

JOINT STATEMENT - PRETRIAL RISK ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS final March 2019.pdf



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Discovery Reform in New York - CCI 2019

From the full report: On April 1, 2019, New York State passed sweeping criminal justice reform legislation, including discovery reform, requiring prosecutors to disclose their evidence to the defense earlier in case proceedings

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Focus Search - By facilitating the defendant’s ability to prepare a defense, the changes may also result in fewer prison or jail sentences




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Pretrial Risk Assessment Tools: A Primer for Judges, Prosecutors, and Defense Attorneys (Desmarais and Lowder) 2019

A vibrant national debate is occurring as to what role, if any, pretrial risk assessment tools can or should play in bail reform. This critical issue brief is intended to inform this ongoing debate by describing pretrial risk assessment tools and what they are designed to do. This primer is not...

Pretrial-Risk-Assessment-Primer-February-2019.pdf


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Amicus Brief in Daves v. Dallas County, submitted by NAPSA, PJI and NAPD

This amicus brief was submitted by the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, the Pretrial Justice Institute and the National Association for Public Defense on January 30, 2019

Brief for Amicus Curiae_Daves v. Dallas County_5th Circuit.pdf