How can the NC Office of Indigent Defense Services develop an evidence-based long-term plan for high quality and cost effective indigent defense services throughout North Carolina’s 100 counties?

Project ended: March 11, 2024
Department or Agency: NC Office of Indigent Defense Services

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Project Overview

Summary

The NC Office of Indigent Defense Services (NCIDS) is responsible for providing lawyers to indigent defendants and others entitled to counsel in adult and juvenile criminal cases; involuntary commitment cases; abuse, neglect, and termination of parental rights proceedings; and other cases where counsel is a statutory or constitutional right. NCIDS is seeking assistance with its efforts to develop and publish a long-term strategic plan for the provision of high quality and cost effective indigent defense services throughout North Carolina’s 100 counties, which should cover an eight-year period, by December 2022.

Deliverables

  • Forecast of population trends, poverty rates, attorney availability, and crime rates by county over the next 8 years.
  • Comparison of jail populations in public defender counties versus non-public defender counties, and differences in pre-trial release rates and/or length of time for cases to be disposed.
  • Comparison of outcomes for juvenile offenders between counties where defense is provided by court-appointed counsel and counties where defense is provided through contract counsel or public defenders.
  • The NC Office of Indigent Defense Services is committed to developing and using evidence throughout its work across the state. This project does not have associated deliverables; for questions about IDS and its work on an evidence-based, long-term plan, please contact Chris Sadler, Research Director, Office of Indigent Defense Services, christopher.a.sadler@nccourts.org.

Planned use of results

The results can assist NCIDS in developing and publishing a long-term strategic plan for the provision of high quality and cost-effective indigent defense services throughout North Carolina’s 100 counties.

The project is complete.

We’re eager to learn how you use the results and welcome any questions.

Project point of contact

Chris Sadler

Research Director

NC Office of Indigent Defense Services

christopher.a.sadler@nccourts.org


Project Team

Office of Indigent Defense Services

UNC Charlotte

University of South Carolina

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