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March | April 2010

printer friendly version button  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  ·  Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator
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A study published in 2006 by the American Bar Association reported that only 19 of 50 states had a statewide public defender system, defined as "a program where the primary representation of indigent defendants is provided throughout
the state by salaried,
staff public defenders
paid entirely with
state funds."

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Approximately 500 public defenders, prosecutors, judges, legislators, government officials, and representatives from leading advocacy organizations gathered on February 18 and 19, 2010, for the National Symposium on Indigent Defense in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice with the support of OJJDP and the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the symposium encompassed 5 plenary sessions and more than 40 workshops related to indigent adult and juvenile defense. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered the keynote address, following opening remarks by Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for OJP.

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