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BJA - The Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment
BJA - The Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment

TTA

TTA Funding Available - February 12, 2019

BJA is pleased to be able to offer additional training and technical assistance in two ways through our 2017 National Initiatives Adjudications: TTA to support the Protection of Constitutional Rights Under the Sixth Amendment awards.

The first is "on demand services." State and local governments and their agents (i.e., court leaders and administrators, defender agencies, and other criminal justice stakeholders) may request research and technical assistance on a variety of issues, including, but not limited to: the parameters of effective representation as defined by Sixth Amendment case law; systemic indigent defense best practices; and, information on defender services in comparable jurisdictions. BJA envisions some requests under this category to be brief in duration (less than two days’ time), including speaker bureau requests, experts for Task Forces or in the legislative arena, comparative research, and help desk calls. Other requests will require more intensive effort, including on-site assistance with remote follow up.

The second type of TTA available is for Strategic Planning. Courts, state and local governments, and their agents may require a deeper or broader understanding as to the current state of Sixth Amendment protections within systems, and the best ways to address any identified issues. BJA offers assistance in creating strategic, individualized TTA plans by conducting a thorough needs assessment rooted in an approach that combines research and practice. Jurisdictions that are diverse in size, region, funding, defense delivery system, and data capacity will be selected. There will be on-site and remote technical assistance.

In order to receive any of the above TTA options, the requesting entity must complete and submit the applicable intake form located below. Upon submission of this form, BJA and its TTA partners (the Center for Court Innovation, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the Sixth Amendment Center) will follow up with jurisdictions to conduct a more detailed interview on the issues, needs and capacity of each jurisdiction.

The on demand requests will be taken on a rolling and ongoing basis. Services will be administered based on the availability and capacity of TTA providers. Jurisdictions requesting more in-depth TTA can submit requests from February 12, 2019 until March 14, 2019. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Upon review of all the information, BJA and its TTA partners will select and notify jurisdictions to receive the available TTA at no-cost. We anticipate selecting 12-17 recipient sites of TTA services.

Intake application long term TTA
Intake application on demand TTA

Please complete either form and submit to Priya.sarathy-jones@usdoj.gov.