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Exemplary Defense

The Exemplary Defense Report is a study of three inventive programs in public defense: (1) The Decarceration Project of The Legal Aid Society in New York City, New York; (2) The Future Appointed Counsel Training (FACT) Program in Harris County, Texas; and (3) The Independent Juvenile Defender Program in Los Angeles, California. The Report documents the formation of these projects and their successes. The goals of the Report are to encourage and assist other public defense providers in replicating the work of the recognized projects and pursuing their own innovation.

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The Rhode Island Project: A Study of the Rhode Island Public Defender System and Attorney Workload Standards

A study conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and BlumShapiro to establish public defense workload standards for the State of Rhode Island, called The Rhode Island Project.

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The Colorado Project: A Study of the Colorado Public Defender System and Attorney Workload Standards

A study conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and Rubin Brown LLP on behalf of the Colorado Office of State Public Defender to establish public defense workload standards for the State of Colorado, called The Colorado Project.

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The Louisiana Project: A Study of the Louisiana Public Defenders System and Attorney Workload Standards

A study conducted by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC on behalf of the Louisiana Public Defender Board to establish public defense workload standards for the State of Louisiana, called the Louisiana Project.

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Missouri Workload Study Report and National Blueprint

Workload studies are a critical first step in improving public defender systems. This groundbreaking report not only documents the Missouri Project workload study, but also provides a National Blueprint for future studies.

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Ten Guidelines on Court Fines and Fees

These guidelines provide practical direction for government officials, policymakers and others charged with developing, reforming and administering court fines and fees. The guidelines seek to ensure that fines and fees are fairly imposed and administered and that the justice system does not punish people for the "crime" of being poor.

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Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System

The standards for delivering indigent criminal defense that is effective, efficient, ethical, and conflict-free.

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Eight Guidelines of Public Defense Related to Excessive Workloads

Essential guidance for the thousands of attorneys who provide indigent criminal defense and suffer from excessive workloads.

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Primary Indigent Defense Delivery System at Trial Level *

* SOURCE: The Spangenberg Group ("primary indigent defense delivery system" refers to the program appointed in more than 50% of the state's indigent defense cases at the trial level). Each state below links to a short PDF summary of testimony regarding that state's indigent defense problems, reform efforts, and model approaches.