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Fact Finding Hearings Report:

In 2003-2004, NYSDA, with its Client Advisory Board and partners such as the League of Women Voters of New York State, conducted a series of hearings soliciting testimony from clients and client advocates concerning the quality of public defense in New York State.

Public Defense Speak Out—Schoharie County (Apr. 22, 2004) (PDF)
Public Defense Speak Out—Schenectady County (Dec. 17, 2003) (PDF) 
Preliminary Report Concerning the Inadequacy of Defense Services Available to Farm Workers (Oct. 15, 2003) English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF) 
Adequacy of Defense Services Available to Farm Workers in Genesee, Orleans and Monroe Counties (July 31, 2003) (PDF) 
Adequacy of Public Defense Services in New York City and Commenting on Draft Client Standards for Client Centered Representation (June 24, 2003) (PDF) 

In 1998, NYSDA, along with The Leagues of Women Voters of New York State, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany, conducted four hearings on public defense services and issues surrounding representation of indigent clients in New York State. The testimony from these hearings documented the current state of public defense services in New York and helped to affect public policy and improve the quality of public defense representation. 

Albany Transcript Index (PDF) 
Albany Complete Transcript (PDF) 
New York City Transcript Index (PDF) 
New York City Complete Transcript (PDF) 
Rochester Transcript Index (PDF) 
Rochester Complete Transcript (PDF) 
Syracuse Transcript Index (PDF) 
Syracuse Complete Transcript (PDF)
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