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1 DIVISION OF PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES Susan O. Storey, Chief Public Defender Brian S. Carlow, Deputy Chief Public Defender September 14, 2007.

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1 1 DIVISION OF PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES Susan O. Storey, Chief Public Defender Brian S. Carlow, Deputy Chief Public Defender September 14, 2007

2 2 Office of Chief Public Defender Administrative Services Financial Human Resources Information Services Juvenile Delinquency Legal Counsel Data Processing and Technical Support Training Special Public Defenders Chief Social Worker Chief Investigator

3 3 DPDS FIELD OFFICES Judicial Districts 13 Geographical Areas 15 Juvenile Matters9 OCPD SPECIALIZED UNITS Capital Defense and Trial Services Unit Juvenile Post-Conviction & Reentry Unit Habeas Corpus Unit Legal Services Unit Psychiatric Defense Unit

4 4 Rivera v. Rowland, et al Settlement 1999 required in part: Commission Caseload Standards Training IT

5 5 Caseload Goals Judicial District 75 Geographical Area450 – 500 Juvenile

6 6 New Cases Assigned Per Attorney % Increase JD up 16% GA up 2%

7 7 Training - Public Defender & Special Public Defender New Attorney Training – 12 month rolling curriculum Ethics Arraignments Immigration Client Counseling Collateral Consequences of Conviction Sentence Computation and Calculation Probation and Parole Mental Health 101- Competency/PSRB Trial Skills Use of Experts and Expert testimony Week Long Intensive Trial School Juvenile Training Track On-line CT Case law updates

8 8 SPD Training Basic Orientation Training Appellate Ethics Habeas Corpus Juvenile Delinquency

9 9 NEW INITIATIVES Innocence Project DNA Unit- Forensic Training/Experienced Attorneys Advanced DNA Assist other attorneys with cases where DNA an issue Reduces outside expert costs Courtroom Trial Technology New position and grant funding- expanding training and use of electronic evidence case preparation and presentation. First concentrating on complicated serious felony and capital cases. Can be expanded for use in virtually any trial case Considerably streamlines trials Evidence can be scanned in ahead of trial Exhibits can be examined by the jurors at the same time Diagrams, statements, photographs - enlarged on screen for benefit of court and jurors Jurors appreciate clarity and streamlined visual case presentation Reduces outside expert expenses for trial preparation and presentation

10 10 Social Workers CT Public Defender system = national indigent defense model with social workers in every office Most Social Workers are masters level Working to develop alternatives to incarceration – pretrial and post trial -reduce prison overcrowding Savings to the state through alternative plans Collaborations with CSSD re: Prison Overcrowding pre-sentence and postconviction Collaboration with DMHAS re: Jail Diversion

11 11 Juvenile Post Conviction and Reentry One of few national juvenile defense reentry projects All children committed to DCF as delinquent are tracked and represented as necessary Crisis Intervention, Permanency Planning, Family reunification

12 12 Caselaw Impact on Agency State v. Casiano, 282 Conn. 614 (2007) Motions to Correct Illegal Sentence Counsel must be appointed to represent defendants Counsel files a limited appearance All claims required to be reviewed & determination whether sound basis exists to proceed Counsel reports to court whether a legitimate claim If legitimate – Counsel files full appearance & pursues motion through appellate process If no sound basis – Counsel reports to court, full appearance not filed & defendant notified can continue pro se

13 13 Expected Impact Increased work load on trial, appellate & habeas attorneys Appeals - Casiano decision Habeas – approx. 7% increase from Capital Felony Cases – as of 9/5/07 20 Capital Felony cases pending 13 –prosecution seeking death 14 – represented by DPDS

14 14 Domestic Violence Dockets Time Intensive for Attorneys and Social Workers Added attorneys to New Haven, Hartford and Waterbury offices for DV dockets Collaboration - P.A , An Act Concerning Domestic Violence

15 15 Specialized Dockets Domestic Violence Drug Court Gun Courts Housing Court Motor Vehicle PSRB Youthful Offender

16 16 Collateral Consequences of Legislation Mandatory Minimum Sentences Sex Offenders P.A An Act Concerning Jessicas Law and Consensual Sexual Activity Between Adolescents Close in Age mandatory minimums/enhancement of penalties/tender years exception June Special Session An Act Implementing the Provisions of the Budget Concerning General Government registration requirements/residency restrictions/elimination of statute of limitations

17 17 Collateral Consequences of Legislation Raise the Age Juvenile Jurisdiction June Special Session An Act Implementing the Provisions of the Budget Concerning General Government

18 18 Collateral Consequences of Legislation Increased Transcript Costs June Special Session An Act Implementing the Provisions of the Budget Concerning General Government Freedom of Information requests from inmates

19 19 Other Factors Which Impact Loss of Good Time Truth in Sentencing – 85% Three Strikes – proposals

20 20 DIVISION OF PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES Susan O. Storey, Chief Public Defender Brian S. Carlow, Deputy Chief Public Defender September 14, 2007


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