In this issue:
- Welcoming the Newest Smart Defense Site. The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance recently awarded a sixth Smart Defense Initiative grant to the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender to implement and assess a project that offers representation to individuals who are cited and released on misdemeanor charges well in advance of their first court appearance. The two-year project is just getting under way, but details about the proposed plan of action follow.
This Month’s Highlights: Progress and Challenges Across the Sites. Wisconsin attorneys pilot RAMP reporting; Database Administrator Chandru Solraj honored as Unsung Hero. Alameda County ‘s new court data system causes major disruptions. Kentucky and New York weigh analytic capacity against burdens on private attorneys. Texas convenes its National Advisory Committee and begins website design.
American Society of Criminology Meets in New Orleans. Betsi Griffith, Associate Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, presented an overview of the Smart Defense Initiative to the indigent defense researchers gathered at ASC 2016.