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NCJ Number: 39601 Find in a Library
Title: MCDONNOUGH COUNTY (IL) - PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICE - REVIEW OF THE ROLE AND OPERATIONS - CRIMINAL COURTS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT
Author(s): J J CLEARY
Corporate Author: American University
Institute for Studies in Justice and Social Behavior
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: American University
Washington, DC 20016
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: J-LEAA-043-72
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A 1974 REPORT OF A GENERAL MANAGEMENT REVIEW OF THIS PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICE WHEN IT WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED.
Abstract: THE MCDONOUGH COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER OFFICE SERVES OVER 36,000 PERSONS IN A 582 SQUARE MILE AREA, AND THE COUNTY IS ONE OF SIX COMPRISING THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT. THE CONSULTANTS INVOLVED IN THIS STUDY EXPLORED THE MINOR NATURAL INCONVENIENCES THAT ARE TO BE EXPECTED WITH THE CREATION OF ANY GOVERNMENTAL ACTIVITY, SUCH AS THIS PUBLIC DEFENDER PROGRAM. PARTICULARLY EXAMINED WERE THE INADEQUATE OFFICE ACCOMMODATIONS, STAFF, EQUIPMENT, AND LIBRARY RESOURCES; BUDGET MATTERS; AND THE PUBLIC DEFENDER'S ROLE IN AND RELATIONSHIP TO THE COMMUNITY. THE FOLLOWING SUGGESTIONS WERE MADE FOR IMPROVEMENT: THE PUBLIC DEFENDER SHOULD BE GIVEN SUFFICIENT PROFESSIONAL LATITUDE FOR DEALING WITH HIS CLIENTS; HE SHOULD BE GIVEN DISCRETION IN HANDLING APPEALS; AND HIS COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE EXPANDED. IT WAS FURTHER RECOMMENDED THAT A LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM BE INSTITUTED, AND THAT THE LAW OFFICE LIBRARY BE EXPANDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)...KAP
Index Term(s): Illinois; Program evaluation; Public defenders; Technical assistance reports
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