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Sixth Amendment Strategic Planning: A Research-to-Practice Approach

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $1,200,000)

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is funding a training and technical assistance (TTA) program to ensure that states and local governments are provided with the capacity and tools necessary to meet the obligations established by the Sixth Amendment. BJA, through partnership with selected TTA providers, will deliver research-based, data-driven information and resources to states and local governments to secure the rights of the Sixth Amendment. The TTA program will also support pathways for evidence-based best practices to reach courts and defender systems at the state and local levels that support authentic adoption, implementation, and sustainment of effective approaches. Under category one, the selected TTA provider through partnership with researchers, will collect core information that relates to the jurisdictions and which supports the key aspects of enhanced provision of Sixth Amendment protections, including speedy trial, jury and witness management, and assignment of counsel. This should include proven practices implemented at the state and local levels along with costs associated with these efforts. Additionally, the TTA provider will collect information on the extent and manner to which entities are incorporating evidence-based practices into their programs at the state and/or local levels. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 6, 2017