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Showing posts from September, 2020

Announcing IDRA's 2020 Virtual Conference

We are excited to announce that our Virtual Conference will take place November 11-13, 2020 from 12.00 p.m.-5.00 p.m. ET.  Since 2014, IDRA has organized an annual meeting on the latest thinking on research and data in indigent defense.  This year, our seventh annual gathering will be virtual! We expect to schedule three 80 minute panels on each day, for a total of nine panels. We are also hoping to keep our Zoom room open for informal gatherings, breakouts, and conversations until 6.00 p.m. ET each day.  Go to to see the complete schedule. We hope to "see" as many of you there as possible!

Notable Recent Publications - September 2020

Notable Recent Publications features the latest empirical research and data related to indigent defense. Should you have suggestions, ideas for work that should be included, or trouble accessing any of the articles featured, please write to . Articles Matthew Clair, " Being a Disadvantaged Criminal Defendant: Mistrust and Resistance in Attorney-Client Interactions " Social Forces. "Researchers have documented the power of legal officials to administer sanctions, from arrest to court surveillance and incarceration. How do those subject to punishment interact with officials and attempt to subvert their power? Drawing on interviews and ethnographic observations among 63 criminal defendants and 42 legal officials in the Boston-area court system, this article considers how socioeconomically and racially disadvantaged defendants interact with their defense attorneys, and with what consequences. Given racialized and classed constraints, many dis