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NCJ Number: 183510 Find in a Library
Title: Ultimate Advocacy: A Defender's Guide to Asset-Based Management
Author(s): Nancy Vorsanger
Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America
Project Director: Kirsten D. Levingston
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
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Vera Institute of Justice
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Grant Number: 98-DD-BX-0023
Sale Source: Vera Institute of Justice
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Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet describes the role and responsibility of a defender office in guiding its indigent clients to the health and social services they need in order to develop productive lives.
Abstract: This approach to defender client services is called "asset-based management." This approach involves defenders in the assessment of both the client's and community resources relevant to the client's development of a productive life. This strategy for helping clients includes a commitment to becoming involved in the community with neighborhood-based offices that focus on community relations. By making contacts with key community leaders, learning about community resources, and even becoming involved in enhancing community resources, defender offices become better prepared to help courts understand that defender clients can profit from case dispositions that keep the client in touch with community resources that build on the client's assets and provide direction for a constructive life in the community. Further, focusing on community and client assets places a defender office in a stronger position when making funding requests. An asset-based management philosophy encourages funders to rethink the meaning of their giving as an investment in citizens and their communities. The asset-based management approach for defender offices involves training staff and volunteers in this philosophy and in ways to identify client and community assets that will improve the client's chances of developing a life based on his/her and the community's positive assets. Examples are presented of programs throughout the country that use asset-based management. For the two other booklets in this series on defender leadership, see NCJ 183511 and 183512.
Main Term(s): Crime prevention planning
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Community involvement; Defender systems; Indigents; Leadership; Management and administrative education; Public defenders
Note: National Defender Leadership Project
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