Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $210,000)
The purpose of the Capital Case Litigation Initiative (CCLI) is to provide high-quality training and technical assistance on death penalty issues to prosecutors and defense counsel who litigate death penalty cases. This program focuses on ensuring quality representation in death penalty cases and trials. The goals of CCLI are to increase the number of capital litigation attorneys trained in death penalty cases, and to ensure that defense counsel and prosecutors have the most up-to-date and comprehensive information available to them on death penalty litigation.
The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) will utilize the Fiscal Year 2009 CCLI grant funds to provide comprehensive capital case litigation training to public defenders and prosecuting attorneys throughout the State of Ohio.
The OCJS will work in partnership with the Ohio Public Defender (OPD) and the Ohio Attorney General's Office (AG) to implement a broad-based training curriculum designed to train defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys who are working on capital litigation.
The OPD proposes to hold a comprehensive capital training program within the 24-month grant award period. The program will be available to all capital defense attorneys who represent death row inmates. The proposed program will follow the National Consortium for Capital Defense Training Programs which have been held nationwide and will be developed in accordance with professional training guidelines and standards promulgated by the ABA, NLADA, NACDL, and other leading organizations.
The AG's Office will offer state-wide training to county prosecutors through multi-day trainings over the course of 24 months. The trainings will focus around issues designed to develop consistent state-wide treatment of capital cases and to update prosecutors on national and state-wide developments in capital litigation. This will include multi-platform training consisting of panel discussions, pointed case analysis, and small group discussions using CCLI curricula and modules with modifications to address Ohio-specific concerns.
Grant funds will cover fiscal agent administrative costs, in-state travel expenses, and conference materials, supplies, food, and rental fees.