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 Appendix J: Position Letter from Federal Defenders
District of Arizona
850 W. Adams, Suite 201
Federal Public Defender
March 25, 2016
Honorable Kathleen Cardone United States District Judge Western District of Texas 525 Magoffin Avenue
El Paso, TX 7990I
Re: Reformation of the CJA Program
Dear Judge Cardone:
 Phoenix, Arizona 85007
We write to provide the CJA Study Committee with the views of the Federal and Community Defender Offices regarding necessary reforms for the CJA Program. We are grateful for the extraordinary amount of time and energy you and your colleagues have devoted tostudyingoursystemoffederalpublicdefense. Weknowthatyouhaveheardfrommany individual federal public defenders in private and in public hearings about our views on the system. Althoughweallhaveourownperspectivesaboutwhatproblemsexistandhowthey might best be solved, a significant majority agree on a number of fundamental principles that we believe are necessary to.maintain the integrity of the defense function and to build upon a high qualityprogramdeservingofpublicconfidence. Wehopethattheviewswesharewillbeuseful to your committee in completing its work.
Wewillnotgointogreatdetailhere. Youhavealreadyreceivedvoluminous submissionsonallofthesetopics. Thepointofthislettertosharethosebroadprinciplesupon whichthereisbroadagreement. Afterseveralmeetingsinpersonandaftertakinganonlinepoll of defenders in which 94 percent of the heads of all FDOs and CDOs responded, 1 we can report that 84 percent who responded believe that regardless of what form the structure of federal public defense takes, at a minimum, it must contain the following features:
• Direct Federal Defender and CJA Panel representation in the preparation and presentation of the Defender Services budget to Congress;
1 See Exhibit A (containing survey results)
No recommendation presented herein represents
the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United 2 0 1 7 R E P O R T O F T H E A D H O C C O M M I T T E E T O R E V I E W T H E C R I M I N A L J U S T I C E A C T 281
Direct Federal Defender and CJA Panel representation on any national governing body;
602-382-2700 (Fax) 602-382-2800 1-800758-7053
 States unless approved by the Conference itself.

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