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Massachusetts Indigent Defense: Final Report Recommendations

Massachusetts Indigent Defense: Final Report Recommendations

By Ziyad Hopkins and Melissa Labriola

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), which serves as Massachusetts’ statewide public defender agency, in collaboration with researchers at the Center for Court Innovation prepared this report which consolidates the major methods, lessons, and recommendations from the six more in-depth products. The goal is to aid other indigent defense agencies in implementing their own self-assessment process. We hope that the current undertaking might provide a valuable model for other agencies interested in similar self-reflection.

 

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Massachusetts Indigent Defense: Evaluation Proposal

Massachusetts Indigent Defense: Evaluation Proposal

By Melissa Labriola

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), which serves as Massachusetts’ statewide public defender agency, in collaboration with researchers at the Center for Court Innovation prepared this document which lays out a blueprint for how CPCS can measure indigent defense system performance through the analysis of statistical indicators. 

 

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Massachusetts Indigent Defense: Attorney Workload Assessment

Massachusetts Indigent Defense: Attorney Workload Assessment

By Melissa Labriola and Ziyad Hopkins

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), which serves as Massachusetts’ statewide public defender agency, in collaboration with researchers at the Center for Court Innovation conducted an extensive caseload analysis, including case weighting. This analysis is essential to providing and sustaining quality representation. The Project team used available data and methods to learn more about the workload of attorneys from the various trial practice areas.

 

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Massachusetts Indigent Defense: Best Practices, Objectives, and Performance Indicators

Massachusetts Indigent Defense: Best Practices, Objectives, and Performance Indicators

By Ziyad Hopkins

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), which serves as Massachusetts’ statewide public defender agency, drafted performance indicators based on the best practices of each trial division. The document is presented in the form of reports and queries that provide insight into best practices.

 

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Peacemaking Circles: Evaluating a Native American Restorative Justice Practice in a State Criminal Court Setting in Brooklyn

Peacemaking Circles: Evaluating a Native American Restorative Justice Practice in a State Criminal Court Setting in Brooklyn

By Suvi Hynynen Lambson

Peacemaking is a traditional Native American form of justice designed to heal relationships and restore harmony to a community. This study evaluates a new project that sought to implement peacemaking in a state court setting in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The study found that 79% of those assigned to peacemaking completed the program successfully. In addition, the study describes how the program was devised and implemented; what takes place during peacemaking sessions; and how participants and stakeholders each described their experiences and perceptions. Overall, defendants, victims and stakeholders considered the peacemaking program to have a positive impact on the participants and the community.

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