INDIGENT DEFENSE: Surveys of Grant Recipients, Select Tribes, and Indigent Defense Providers (GAO-12-661SP, May 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-569

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Background

This e-supplement presents the results of surveys GAO conducted of public defender offices and agencies and of recipients of federal funding that could be used for indigent defense, or legal representation provided, in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, to individuals who have been charged with a crime but are unable to afford legal representation.

GAO developed six web-based surveys to identify federal funding that has been used to support indigent defense and factors influencing recipients' allocation decisions, among other topics. GAO sent the surveys to all identified recipients (from fiscal years 2005 through 2010) of Juvenile Accountability Block Grants, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Allocations to States, Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants, Bureau of Indian Affairs funding to Tribal Courts, and to a sample of all identified public defender offices and agencies in the United States.

This e-supplement contains the questions included in each survey and a summary of the aggregate responses. Further information about survey administration is included with each survey summary. Narrative answers to open-ended questions are not displayed to minimize the risk of disclosing the identity of respondents. GAO administered the surveys from September 2011 through February 2012 in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. A more detailed discussion of the scope and methodology, as well as information about the funding programs that are the subject of the surveys, is contained in GAO's report "INDIGENT DEFENSE: DOJ Could Increase Awareness of Eligible Funding and Better Determine the Extent to Which Funds Help Support This Purpose," GAO-12-569 (Washington, D.C.: May, 2012).

We provided a draft of this e-supplement to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) for review and comment. In emails dated May 18, 2012, the liaisons from DOJ and DOI informed us that DOJ and DOI, respectively, do not have any comments.

Contents

  1. Survey of Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) Recipients on Indigent Defense Funding
  2. Survey of Recipients of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Allocations to States (JJDP) on Indigent Defense Funding
  3. Survey of Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) Recipients on Indigent Defense Funding
  4. Survey of Tribal Recipients of Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) Regarding Indigent Defense
  5. Survey of Tribes that Allocated Bureau of Indian Affairs Funding to Tribal Courts Regarding Indigent Defense
  6. Survey of Public Defender Offices and Agencies on Indigent Defense Funding

Contact

Eileen R. Larence, at (202) 512-8777 or larencee@gao.gov

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