The Department of Justice has notified Congress that it intends to close its Office for Access to Justice. The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law joined the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union, The Constitution Project at The Project on Government Oversight, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in opposing the decision.
“The Department of Justice’s closure notice comes as the state of public defense has reached crisis proportions,” the groups write. “As countless reports have documented, public defense systems across the country suffer from inadequate resources, grossly excessive caseloads, and attacks on their independence, among other problems.”
Letter Opposing Closure of the Office for Access to Justice by The Brennan Center for Justice on Scribd