Unique New York? Theorizing the Impact of Resources on the Quality of Defense Representation in a Deviant State

Andrew Davies, Giza Lopes, and Alyssa Clark, (2020) “Unique New York? Theorizing the Impact of Resources on the Quality of Defense Representation in a Deviant State.” 31(6) Criminal Justice Policy Review 962-986. https://doi.org/10.1177/0887403419890650.

25 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2020 Last revised: 9 Jun 2022

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Andrew Davies

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Giza Lopes

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alyssa Clark

Independent

Date Written: April 1, 2020

Abstract

Litigation in New York State has resulted in the allocation of substantial new funding to limit indigent defense caseloads and improve representation provided to criminal defendants. Funding injections have rarely been studied in defense, however, so it is not clear what will be the effects of the new resources. Defense critics expect their impact to be transformative, but empirical scholarship is more pessimistic. We sort between these perspectives using exploratory interviews with the individuals most critical to the planned reforms: executive-level chief public defenders. Conceptualizing defense service quality in terms of “public value,” we find points of deviation from both the optimistic and pessimistic accounts. New York is a “deviant case,” we argue, which can be used to break new theoretical and empirical ground around the question of how resources impact defense service quality.

Keywords: Public Defense, Criminal Justice Policy, Criminal Justice Reform

Suggested Citation

Davies, Andrew and Lopes, Giza and Clark, Alyssa, Unique New York? Theorizing the Impact of Resources on the Quality of Defense Representation in a Deviant State (April 1, 2020). Andrew Davies, Giza Lopes, and Alyssa Clark, (2020) “Unique New York? Theorizing the Impact of Resources on the Quality of Defense Representation in a Deviant State.” 31(6) Criminal Justice Policy Review 962-986. https://doi.org/10.1177/0887403419890650. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3637124

Andrew Davies (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

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Dallas, TX 75275
United States

Giza Lopes

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alyssa Clark

Independent

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