The Right to Counsel National Campaign works to inform and engage policymakers, criminal justice stakeholders, and the public on the importance of the right to counsel and the Sixth Amendment.
R2C's vision is a fair and equitable criminal justice system, which requires representation by skilled defense counsel with adequate resources at every stage of the criminal justice process.
The campaign is spearheaded by a consortium of national, state, and local criminal justice stakeholders, community advocates, and policymakers who are committed to ensuring the fulfillment of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel and the effective delivery of public defense services.
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New Report Reveals Need to Educate Americans on Right to Counsel
The right to an attorney in a criminal case hails from the United States Constitution; however, according to a new report, “Americans’ Views on Public Defenders and the Right to Counsel,” this is not a wide known fact. Released on March 16, 2017 by the Right to Counsel National Campaign at American University’s School of Public Affairs, the report outlines the results of a year-long opinion study focused on how well Americans understand public defense and their right to counsel.
“This report reveals a clear need for public education about the constitutional right to counsel, the realities of the state of public defense on the ground, and the public and government support necessary to ensure that this fundamental right is upheld,” said Kim Ball, director of AU’s Justice Programs Office, which houses the Right to Counsel National Campaign.