skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 147816 Find in a Library
Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:18  Issue:2  Dated:(Autumn 1993)  Pages:221-235
Author(s): D S Emmelman
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The corporate organization of court-appointed defense services is discussed.
Abstract: Although many have expressed concern about the quality of defense services provided to indigent defendants, very little has been said regarding the question of what organizational conditions might actually facilitate their proper representation. This article reports some exploratory findings regarding the latter. By comparing others' research findings with observations generated through an ethnographic field study, this article describes how the organizational framework of a private, nonprofit corporation of court- appointed defense attorneys, facilitated an ethical defense posture. Between September 1984 and September 1988, field research was conducted on a private, nonprofit corporation of court-appointed defense attorneys, referred throughout the article as "Defense Alliance." Defense Alliance, located in a well-populated urban area whose basic industries were tourism and military-industrial activities, went out of business in September 1988. It concludes that this corporation's organizational design appears to be a more viable model for providing proper defense representation to members of the underclass than other types of indigent defense systems. The author cautions, however, that further investigation and dialogue are needed regarding practical solutions to the problem of providing justice for the poor. Numerous other studies are discussed briefly throughout this article. References
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Contract defense services; Court appointed counsel; Criminology; Defender systems
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.