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NCJ Number: 186003 Find in a Library
Title: Indigent Defenders Get the Job Done and Done Well (From Criminal Justice System: Politics and Policies, Seventh Edition, P 264-288, 1998, George F. Cole and Marc G. Gertz, eds. -- See NCJ-185991)
Author(s): Roger A. Hanson; Brian J. Ostrom
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: State Justice Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Grant Number: SJI-89-05X-B-045
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Ten Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
United States of America
Type: Collected Work
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from a trial court study showed methods of providing counsel to indigents did not conform to the usual division of public defender, assigned counsel, and contract systems.
Abstract: Data were obtained on defense representation and felony dispositions in nine courts to assess how frequently indigent defenders obtained favorable outcomes for their clients. It was found indigent defenders were generally as successful as privately retained counsel. Conviction, charge reduction, and incarceration rates for clients were similar to outcomes associated with privately retained counsel. Findings are described for specific court systems in Michigan, Washington, Colorado, Virginia, California, Maine, and Puerto Rico. Issues for future consideration are noted that concern what aspects of indigent defenders are translatable into management information systems and what aspects warrant further research, lawyer-client relations and the time indigent defenders give to individual defendants, and the issue of satisfaction versus productive work. 34 notes and 4 tables
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Attorney client relations; California; Colorado; Defense counsel effectiveness; Indigents; Legal aid services; Maine; Michigan; Public defenders; Puerto Rico; Trial courts; Trial procedures; Virginia; Washington
Note: "Indigent Defenders Get the Job Done and Done Well" by Roger A. Hanson and Brian J. Ostrom, National Center for State Courts.
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