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Most Americans expect that if they are arrested, they will quickly appear before a judge, learn about the charges, and have an attorney assigned to defend them. The reality is vastly different. After arrest, a person can wait in jail for days, weeks, or even months before seeing a judge or meeting an attorney. This report chronicles the resulting initial appearance crisis and highlights its devastating consequences. More importantly, it provides policymakers and advocates with actionable recommendations.
Criminal Procedure | Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility | Legislation
Pamela R Metzger, Janet C Hoeffel, Kristin Meeks & Sandra Sidi, Ending Injustice: Solving the Initial Appearance Crisis (2021),