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Safeguarding the Right to Counsel- the Sixth Amendment Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $1,300,000)

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is funding a training and technical assistance (TTA) program to ensure that states and local government 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. Under category two, the selected TTA provider will provide national technical assistance to, and build capacity of, state and local jurisdictions across the United States as well as develop a mechanism to disseminate practices, information, structures, and models around Sixth Amendment rights and provide TTA on Right to Counsel issues. In addition to direct services, the awardee in this category will also (1) establish a central website to disseminate practices, structures, and models for the administration of justice consistent with the requirements of the Sixth Amendment; (2) provide resources and assistance to enhance state and local jurisdictions’ ability to provide quality representation to indigent defendants; and (3) promote implementation of innovative and evidence-based strategies that comport with the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 6, 2017