City Controller: Public Defender Provides Most Cost-Efficient Means of Representing Poor

A report released by the San Francisco City Controller on case costs of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office has found that the the office’s representation of 28,000 people every year is the most efficient and cost-effective way to provide legal representation to those who cannot afford lawyers.

Is SF privatizing legal defense for the poor?

The Public Defender’s Office is facing a budget cut of about $1.9 million at the same time as the Superior Court is budgeting an additional $1.2 million for handling cases that the public defender can’t. Is San Francisco trying to take all of the misdemeanor cases away from the PD’s office and give them to private defense lawyers?

An Evidence-Based Report on the Community Justice Center

by Jeff Adachi Now that it has been operational for three months, the Community Justice Center (CJC) should be evaluated based upon a factual and empirical analysis of objective data from the cases that have been heard in the court.  With the upcoming budget hearings focusing on the city’s dire financial situation, there will no […]

California wants to cut legal aid attorneys for poor

AP: Public defenders, who already are stretched to the breaking point by huge caseloads and dwindling staff, face layoffs across the country. Nowhere is the threat more apparent than in California.

Public Defender Rally at City Hall

On Thursday, June 18, 10am on the Goodlett Steps of San Francisco City Hall, the community will rally in support of public defense and budget justice.

Crime, Coercion and the CJC

One of the ongoing debates of late surrounding the Community Justice Court concerns the question of how to force a person to change their behavior. The CJC might be viewed as a social experiment to determine whether coercion is effective in changing behavior. Will an alcohol addicted person who is hailed into court for passing out on the sidewalk stop drinking because he or she is in court facing some type of sanction?

SF Public Defender Calls Mayor’s Budget Cuts Shortsighted

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said on Monday that the Mayor’s proposed $1.9 million cut to the Public Defender’s Office will cost the city millions more in the years ahead and take an unnecessary toll on poor people in the justice system.

KQED Interviews Jeff Adachi on Public Defender Budget Cuts

Public defenders and defense attorneys from around California met in San Francisco today to discuss how budget cuts are affecting their work. What cuts are public defenders being asked to make, and how are those cuts impacting their ability to defend people accused of crimes who can’t afford a lawyer?

Judge Thelton Henderson to Keynote SF Summit on Indigent Defense Crisis

Public Defenders, Criminal Justice Leaders from around U.S. to Convene in San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO – Over 300 people in support of public defense will gather on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 to hear Judge Thelton Henderson, senior federal judge of the Northern District of California, speak to the importance of the Sixth Amendment right to […]

Justice summit taking place amid cuts to public defender’s office

San Francisco Examiner: A summit on the crucial role played by public defenders comes at a time of tension between the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and the mayor’s office.

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