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House Committee on the JudiciaryThe Constitution and Civil JusticeCrime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and InvestigationsHouse Committee on Ways and MeansIntroducedOctober 30th, 2013
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What is it?
Each U.S. state would be ordered to create an advisory council that would monitor, receive, and investigate complaints regarding the compliance of public defense systems that receive funding with applicable laws and regulations; (2) notify the Center of any apparent violations; and (3) collect data on the delivery of public defense services and facilitate information sharing between the state's public defense systems.
-The bill would authorize the Center to: (1) make grants and contracts; (2) undertake research, training, and technical assistance; and (3) serve as a clearinghouse for information.
-The bill prohibits the Center from interfering with attorneys' professional responsibilities to their clients or from abrogating the authority of states or other jurisdictions to enforce such standards.
-The bill requires the Center, to the extent feasible, to have services provided in an indigent defendant's principal language in areas where significant numbers of indigent defendants speak a language other than English.
-The bill directs the Center to make available to the public an online database that includes the contact information for all public defense systems in every state. It also requires the Center to establish regional backup service centers to assist public defense systems with access to investigators, sentencing mitigation specialists, and information about available grants.