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Title: INDIGENT DEFENSE SYSTEMS ANALYSIS PROJECT - FINAL REPORT
Author(s): B LYNCH; K SMITH
Corporate Author: National Legal Aid and Defender Assoc
United States of America
Project Director: S SINGER
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 215
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Legal Aid and Defender Assoc
Chicago, IL 60637
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 75-NI-99-0019
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF|PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A NATIONAL STUDY OF DEFENSE SERVICES FOR INDIGENTS AND OF PLEA-BARGAINING PRACTICES AS THEY RELATE TO INDIGENT DEFENDANTS IS DOCUMENTED.
Abstract: THE STUDY INCLUDED A QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY OF 601 INDIGENT DEFENSE SYSTEMS (70 PERCENT RESPONSE) AND FIELD VISITS TO 8 SYSTEMS. THE STUDY REPORT OFFERS A DESCRIPTION OF THE STAFFING, OPERATIONS, AND CASELOADS OF THE DEFENSE SYSTEM SURVEYED AND AN ANALYSIS OF PLEA-BARGAINING PRACTICES IN THESE SYSTEMS. THE STUDY CONCLUDES THAT A VARIETY OF STRUCTURES FOR PROVIDING DEFENSE SERVICES TO PERSONS UNABLE TO EMPLOY THEIR OWN ATTORNEYS ARE BEING USED, BUT THAT THERE IS NO AGREEMENT AS TO WHICH STRUCTURE PROVIDES THE BEST DEFENSE SERVICES AT THE LOWEST COST. ALTHOUGH NO ONE AGENCY CHARACTERISTIC WAS FOUND TO ACCOUNT FOR AGENCY-TO-AGENCY VARIATIONS IN GUILTY PLEA RATES, IT WAS FOUND THAT LARGER DEFENSE AGENCIES WITH LARGER CASELOADS AND BIGGER BUDGETS TEND TO HAVE HIGHER GUILTY PLEA RATES. THE STUDY ALSO POINTS TO POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS FOR THE FACT THAT MOST INDIGENT DEFENSE CLIENTS CHOOSE A GUILTY PLEA DISPOSITION OVER A TRIAL. SUPPORTING DATA AND DETAILS OF METHODOLOGY ARE INCLUDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Defendants; Defender systems; Indigents; Plea negotiations; Pleas; Studies; Surveys
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