Indiana Task Force on Public Defense
About the Task Force
A detailed report on Indiana’s public defense system issued last fall by the Sixth Amendment Center of Boston, Massachusetts has raised serious concerns about the way in which defense services are delivered in Indiana. A second report, the result of a federal planning grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), called into question how youth in the delinquency system in Indiana are represented, and in some cases, not represented. The recent, dramatic increase in our state’s CHINS and TPR filings have created greater demand for representation and placed a strain on many of our local defender systems and county budgets. In response, these issues and others will be the focus on a new task force on public defense created by the Indiana Public Defender Commission.
The Commission is tasked with making recommendations regarding the provision of indigent defense in Indiana, and for this reason has taken the lead to assemble a diverse group of leaders to further study these concerns and develop findings and recommendations. The Indiana Task Force on Public Defense is chaired by the Honorable Judge John Tinder, and includes 16 other members from all three branches of government, as well as various other stakeholder groups. Judge Tinder assumed leadership of the group after the recent unexpected death of Judge Larry McKinney. The group will conduct a series of meetings over the next year. It will also invite public comment and intends to hold a series of hearings around the state.
Save the Date - Register to attend the Listening Tour
Your input is needed--click here to learn more about how to provide input on the state of public defense in Indiana.
Read Recent Editorial by Task Force Member
View an editorial by Executive Director of the Indiana Public Defender about the importance of public defenders as defenders of liberty here.
Journal-Gazette publishes Opinion Piece on Task Force
Read the opinion piece "A needed look at Indiana's legal aid" here.
Task force announces new chair after passing of Judge McKinney
Former Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Tinder announced that he has accepted the invitation of the Commission to step into the role of chair to replace Judge Larry McKinney. In part, it is a tribute to his friend and colleague with whom he shared the bench for many years. Read the full press release here.
Next meeting Information
The next meeting of the Task Force will be April 20, 2018 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at 309 West Washington Street, Suite 501. For more information on attending please contact email@example.com.
Task Force Open for Public Comment
The Task Force seeks input from a variety of stakeholders regarding their experience with public defense in Indiana. Scroll down to learn how to submit your comments by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail.
The Indiana Task Force on Public Defense will be hosting a listening tour at locations around the State. You are invited to provide your input at any of the following locations. Space at each location is limited to 50 participants, so please register at the links provided below. If you are unable to provide input on these dates, please contact Kathleen Casey at email@example.com or 317-650-8043 as special arrangements can be arranged to hear your thoughts.
2/9/18 – Indianapolis
2/15/18 – Fort Wayne
3/20/18 – Evansville
3/22/18 – Clark County
3/27/18 – Valparaiso
3/31/18 – Gary
The Task Force seeks input from a variety of stakeholders regarding their experience with public defense in Indiana. The Task Force will accept public comments. Please forward your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to mail your comments, please mail to:
Indiana Task Force on Public Defense
If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate this in your e-mail. Please note that this e-mail address should not be used to inquire about upcoming court dates, or for specific questions about a particular criminal case.
Feburary 19, 2018, Indiana Public Media. "Number of Kids in Child Welfare System Strains Public Defenders."
Feburary 15, 2018, The Journal-Gazette. "Crisis mentality: Indigent defense issues get needed attention."
January 25, 2018, The Indiana Lawyer. "Public defender task force announces listening tour."
January 8, 2018, Indiana public Media. "Appeal Planned On Lawsuit Challenging public Defender System."
January 2, 2018, Indiana Public Media. "Court Upholds Dismissal Of Johnson Co. Public Defense Suit."
December 13, 2017, The Indiana Lawyer. "Task force researches improving Indiana's public defender system."
December 12, 2017, Pharos-Tribune Logansport. "Lawsuit may prompt public defender rule changes."
December 8, 2017, The Indiana Lawyer. "COA hears challenge to Johnson County public defender system."
October 26, 2017, The Journal-Gazette. "A needed look at Indiana's legal aid."
September 20, 2017, TimesSentinel.com. "Former Zionsville mayor named to Indiana Task Force on Public Defense."
April 20, 2018
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
309 West Washington Street, Suite 501
PDC Conference Room
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Friday, April 20 - 1:00 - 3:00
Friday, May 25 - 10:00 - 12:00
Friday, July 20 - 10:00 - 12:00
Friday, August 24 - 10:00 - 12:00
Indicators of Success
November 10 Meeting Agenda and Minutes from the October 27 Meeting
November 10 PowerPoint
October 27 Powerpoint
Process Evaluation of the IRAS-PAT Pilot Program Implementation
Jail Data Summary
Task Force Press Release Announcing Judge Tinder
September 8 Agenda
Juvenile Defense Project Fact Sheet
Indiana Public Defense at a Glance
Indiana's Public Defense Delivery System
Right to Counsel in Indiana: Evaluation of Trial Level Services – Sixth Amendment Center (2016)
Executive Summary – Sixth Amendment Center (2016)
In Re: Request for Rule Making Concerning the Marion County Public Defender System
Evaluation of Partial State Funding for Public Defender Services in Indiana (1986)
Report of the Commission on Public Defenders of the Indianapolis Bar Association (1991)
Structure and Funding for Criminal Defense of Indigents in Indiana (1974)
Indiana Juvenile Defense Delivery System
Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation
Indiana Post-Trial Services
Public Defender of Indiana
Hurrell Harrington v. State of New York
Kuren v. Lucerne County - DOJ Statement of Interest
N.P. v. State of Georgia - DOJ Statement of Interest
Public Defense Expenditures - Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Tucker v. State of Idaho - DOJ Statement of Interest
Wilbur v. City of Mount Vernon - DOJ Statement of Interest
National Standards and Links
Overall Principles of Criminal Defense Reform
Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System
ABA Criminal Defense Standards for the Defense Function
Standards for the Administration of Assigned Counsel Systems
Gideon's Broken Promise: America's Continuing Quest for Equal Justice - American Bar Association
National Juvenile Defense Standards, NJDC (2012)
Ten Core Principles for Providing Quality Delinquency Representation Through Public Defense Delivery Systems, National Juvenile Defender Center & National Legal Aid and Defender Association (2008)
Standards and Evaluation Design for Appellate Defender Services
Standards for Parent Representation
ABA Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases
Indicators for Success for Parent Representation – American Bar Association
High Quality Legal Representation for All Parties in Child Welfare Proceedings, Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Guidance Memo
ABA National Project to Improve Representation for Parents
Timely Permanency or Unnecessary Removal?: Tips for Advocates for Children Who Spend Less Than 30 Days in Foster Care
Minor Crimes, Massive Waste - NACDL
Other State Evaluations
International Standards and Links
Judge John Daniel Tinder, Chair
Roderick E. Bohannan
David Bottorff, Executive Director
Dr. Jeff Papa
Senator Rodric Bray
Rep. Gregory W. Porter
Judge Vicki Carmichael
Professor Joel Schumm
Honorable Mary Ellen Diekhoff
Judge Mary Willis
Andrea D. Lyon
|Justice Christopher M. Goff
Indiana Supreme Court
Stephen P. Luce
Joseph R. Heerens
Indiana Public Defender Council
|Task Force Staff:
Kim Tandy, Technical Advisor
Kathleen Casey, Staff Attorney
Public Defender Commission
Advisors to Task Force:
Professor and Dean Emeritus Norm Lefstein
Judge Carr Darden