Innovations in Public Defense: Using a Multidisciplinary Approach to Improve Justice System Outcomes focused on two public defender offices who are using innovative programs to improve public safety and client outcomes. These two programs have incorporated a multi-disciplinary approach to public defense which enhances the types of services offered, helps judges make more informed decisions and prevents increased justice system expenditures. Presenters for this webinar were Robin Steinberg, executive director of the Bronx Defenders and Edward Monahan, commissioner of the KY Department of Public Advocacy. Under Ms. Steinberg’s leadership the Bronx Defender Program has developed a holistic defense paradigm that has received a great deal of attention at both the state and federal level. Under Mr. Monahan’s leadership The Department of Public Advocacy’s has refined and expanded its Alternative Sentencing Social Worker Initiative which in August of 2011 won a NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award.

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