Report: Attorney Perspectives on Michigan’s Criminal Indigent Defense System

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) is tasked with developing and overseeing the implementation of minimum standards to ensure that all indigent adults within the state have access to quality criminal defense services. To guide implementation and measure compliance with these standards, the MIDC is also responsible for conducting research that illuminates current practices and stakeholder perspectives. As the backbone of indigent representation, publicly appointed criminal defense attorneys must be at the center of systemic reform efforts. To learn more about their experiences representing indigent clients, the MIDC surveyed attorneys who take adult criminal indigent cases in Michigan’s 83 counties.  The survey was made available to all attorneys accepting adult criminal indigent cases and was distributed between February and April of 2016.

Read the report here.