With the 60th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright 372 U.S. 335 (1963), NIJ is collaborating with DOJ’s Office for Access to Justice on two new indigent defense services research projects:
- NIJ FY23 Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice solicitation – This program supports rigorous research and evaluation projects examining the impact of court and other criminal justice tools, practices, and policies on the administration of justice and public safety in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions. The objectives of this FY23 solicitation are to support applied research on public defense approaches and their effects on equitable access to justice, enhancing the workforce and court workgroups, and advancing court practices related to IDS delivery. NIJ intends to fund up to four research grants totaling $2 million. Read the solicitation "NIJ FY23 Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice: Advancing Access to Justice 60 Years after Gideon."
- NIJ AND ATJ Report on Indigent Defense Service Models – NIJ contracted with expert consultants to conduct a scan of IDS models currently used in U.S. state, local, and tribal criminal courts for a report and presentation to be delivered in Spring 2023. This will address the prevalence of different models, factors contributing to how jurisdictions select different models, and variations in case and other outcomes associated with each. It will highlight key developments in indigent defense delivery and systems that have experienced significant change in the past decade. The report will be produced from 1) review and synthesis of publicly available reports and materials about indigent defense systems and 2) interviews with indigent defense subject matter experts and those whose roles intersect with indigent defense systems, such as public defenders, judges, prosecutors, county and state policymakers, advocates for criminal justice impacted people, and community stakeholders.
Find more information on DOJ’s Office for Access to Justice.
Rigorous research can play an integral role in indigent defense services, policy and practice development. NIJ has supported indigent defense research since the 1970s.
On this page, find links to articles, awards, events, publications, and multimedia related to indigent defense.
Events and Trainings
- Client Perspectives of Holistic Defense: Strengthening Procedural Justice through Enhanced Client Trust
- The Evolving Character of Public Defense: Comparing Criminal Case Processing Effectiveness and Outcomes Across Holistic Public Defense, Traditional Public Defense, and Privately Retained Counsel
- Examining the Effectiveness of Indigent Defense Team Services: A Multisite Evaluation of Holistic Defense in Practice