Data for Defenders

Data for Defenders is a new database that collects briefs, motions, and transcripts focused on social science research and data helpful to public defenders. It includes information on topics like the science of eyewitness memory; problems with racism and bias in the criminal legal system; and the use of unreliable, seemingly scientific evidence.

The project is sponsored by the University of Michigan’s MDefenders program along with a number of partners – including public defender offices and organizations around the country – to ensure that the database remains relevant and up to date. In addition to including completed briefs and motions submitted by defenders, defense experts at Michigan Law will regularly draft language for new briefs and motions, incorporating novel social science research to help defenders advocate with and for their indigent clients.

The database is organized in a user-friendly way. For every document in the database, there is a description that will pinpoint exactly which pages have the relevant information. It’s also searchable by a number of different categories—date, jurisdiction, topic, key terms. And because it has succinct summaries, perusing the database by category can also generate ideas for defenders about different kinds of issues they can raise that they might not have thought of.

Instead of having defenders around the country waste precious time reinventing the wheel, this database will collect and share sample motions and briefs to help public defenders bring data, research, and statistics into the courtroom. We encourage you to take a look at this new resource, use it when helpful, and contribute materials to it. And if there are subjects that you’d like to see covered that are not currently included, feel free to send your ideas to

Nevada Rural Clinics - Mental Health Clinics

Rural Clinics is a state agency within the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
There are 16 clinics in 12 counties which provide an array of behavioral health services for adults and children to assist individuals to achieve self-sufficiency and recovery.
For a map of the rural clinic locations please click here.
And for information on the services Mental Health Clinics provides and contact information please click here.

FASTT (Forensic Assessment Services Triage Team)

The purpose of this program is to address the behavioral health needs of people involved in, or at risk of involvement in, the criminal justice system by providing an array of community-based diversion services designed to keep individuals with behavioral health issues out of the criminal justice system while also addressing issues of public safety. 

For more information, please contact JD Powers at 775.461.6374 (Email: or click here

Scheduling Prison Attorney/Client Visits

Approval for legal visits should be obtained through the Warden’s office where the offender is located. Currently, this is the listing of contact numbers for the Warden’s Assistant at each institution:

Ely State Prison

Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center
725-216-6150 (and ask for visiting) or email

High Desert State Prison
725-216-6789 or email

Lovelock Correctional Center


Jean Conservation Camp

725-216-6330 or email

Northern Nevada Correctional Center

Southern Desert Correctional Center

Warm Springs Correctional Center

Some facilities may require an email be submitted as opposed to a phone call due to a high volume of requests. Whether requests are taken by phone or email, please be prepared to provide the following information:

Offender name
Offender number
Name of visitor
Bar number of visitor (will be verified through the appropriate state bar)
Requested date of visit
Requested time of visit

For the safety and security of visitors, offenders, and staff, visitation days are determined by the offender’s custody/classification and vary by location.

Open Beds Information

For more information please visit

Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy Training for Indigent Defense Providers

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is providing access to Public Defenders to train on the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy requirements for handling Criminal Justice Information (CJI). It is encouraged by DPS that all individuals that have access to criminal justice information should take this training. PLEASE NOTE: DPS is not taking a stance on how and when criminal history information will be disseminated, but is providing access to the training so that if it is disseminated, individuals will be aware of the confidentiality requirements.

This training does not provide access to the criminal histories, but can hopefully assist in your ability to obtain them in your jurisdiction as it provides a training on the confidentiality requirements.

To set up an account for your office, please contact (or have your designee contact): Silviu Dima,


Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System

Ten Principles (pdf)

Standards for the Defense Function, 4th ed. (2017)

ABA Standards for the Defense Function, 4th Ed. (2017)

Eight Guidelines of Public Defense Related to Excessive Workloads (2009)

ABA Eight Guidelines Related to Excessive Workloads (ABA pdf)

Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases (2003)

ABA Death Penalty Guidelines (pdf)

Supplementary Guidelines for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in Death Penalty Cases (2008)

ABA Supplementary Guidelines for Death Penalty Mitigation (pdf)

Formal Opinion 06-441 re: ethical obligation of public defenders with excessive caseloads (2006)

ABA Formal Opinion 06-411b (pdf)