Criminal Defense


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    National Public Defense Workload Study

    When public defenders have excessive workloads, they are forced to prioritize some cases over others. This inevitably causes harm. How might caseload limits help these lawyers better serve their clients—and help the justice system better serve all those who rely on it?

    Sep 12, 2023

  • Research Brief

    The Impact of Defense Counsel at Bail Hearings

    Roughly half of U.S. counties do not provide defense counsel at bail hearings. An experiment shows that providing counsel can decrease the use of monetary bail and pretrial detention. But having a public defender at the bail hearing did result in a short-term increase in rearrests on theft charges.

    Jun 30, 2023

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