Survey of Public Defenders (SPD)

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications for the testing and fielding of a data collection program that surveys public defenders.

This study will continue BJS’s efforts to collect data on indigent defense in the United States.

It will extend the efforts

credit: DUI

of the Census of Public Defender Offices (CPDO) and National Survey of Indigent Defense Systems (NSIDS) to enhance our understanding of the work done by attorneys who represent indigent clients.

While the CPDO and NSIDS were conducted at the agency level, the proposed collection will survey public defenders who provide services to adults and juveniles charged with criminal offenses.

The design for this work was previously awarded in the Survey of Public Defenders:
A Design Study (SPDDS).

The SPDDS was renamed the Design of the Survey of Publicly Appointed Defense Attorneys (DSPADA); however, this first solicitation will be limited to public defenders.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review a summary of the final report from this earlier development work, available in an appendix to the solicitation.

Please note that the project recommendations include the use of incentives.

BJS is not proceeding with a test of incentives with this solicitation.
Related Programs

Special Data Collections and Statistical Studies

Department of Justice

Agency: Department of Justice

Office: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Estimated Funding: $350,000

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Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities, including for-profit and nonprofit organizations (including tribal for-profit and nonprofit organizations); faith-based and community organizations; institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education); units of local government that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system; and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

(A determination by the Secretary of the Interior is not required for tribes to which federal recognition was extended by virtue of Public Law 115-121, the Thomasina E.

Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017.)

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