The webinar description (Strengthening Indigent Defense: Understanding State and Federal Resources, posted by the National Criminal Justice Association) says it all:
This webinar (now online) will showcase the Justice Department’s efforts to encourage jurisdictions to bring all system stakeholders together and will highlight some of the state and federal resources available to the public defense community. This webinar will focus on funding opportunities available through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program, federal support for public defense initiatives, current opportunities for training and technical assistance and highlight the work of DOJ’s Access to Justice Initiative. In addition, attendees will hear from state public defenders about the process of applying for grant funds and showcase strategies for integrating the indigent defense function into criminal justice resource planning. Presenters for this webinar are Melanca Clark, senior counsel with the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative; Edward C. Monahan, director, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; Jeanie Vela, office manager, Denver Office of the Colorado State Public Defender; and Jack Cutrone, executive director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
As I have previously blogged, it is wonderful that steps are being taken to make Byrne Grants more widely available to Courts, public defenders and others. This shows the value of federal initiatives looking at the whole access picture.
Slides from the webinar are here.