This survey collected nationwide data in order to: (1)
identify the number and characteristics of publicly financed indigent
defense systems and agencies in the United States, (2) measure how
legal services were provided to indigent criminal defendants in terms
of caseloads, workloads, policies, and practices, and (3) describe the
types of offenses handled by indigent defense system organizations.
The study was initially designed to permit measurable statistical
estimates at the national level for each region of the United States,
for individual states, and for the 100 most populous counties,
including the District of Columbia. However, due to resource and
financial constraints, the study was scaled back to collect indigent
criminal defense data at the trial level for (1) the 100 most populous
counties, (2) 197 counties outside the 100 most populous counties, and
(3) states that entirely funded indigent criminal defense services.