The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution sets forth the right to counsel in federal criminal prosecutions. Through a series of decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, the right to counsel has been extended to all criminal prosecutions—state or federal, felony or misdemeanor—that carry a sentence of imprisonment.
States and localities ensure defendants can access public defense—criminal defense services for those persons who cannot...
An Investigation of Indigent Defense Systems: Public Defenders vs. Private Court Appointed Attorneys
Iowa Statistical Analysis Center's Research on Indigent Defense and the Implementation of the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol
Juveniles in Rhode Island: A Data Analysis and Statistical Study Concerning Key Information of Recent Years
The Census of Public Defender Offices (CPDO) involves the collection of data from all state- and county-funded public defender offices across the country, including offices that are publicly funded but privately operated and offices that handle capital cases only. These public defender offices handle the largest proportion of indigent defense cases of the three major indigent defense delivery systems: public defender offices, assigned counsel systems...