- An understanding of and commitment to best practices for policymakers and government agencies in upholding rights, in particular those under the Sixth Amendment
- Reflection on your own actions that help or hinder delivery of equal justice under the law
- A willingness to learn from successful projects and model programs in other jurisdictions
For one, these stakeholders make important decisions on how laws are written and enforced through legislation, regulations, and court rules, which can shape how constitutional rights are realized. Furthermore, policymakers and government agencies at state and local levels often control the budgets of and distribution of resources to prosecutors, public defenders, courts, and other stakeholders. An imbalance of resources, particularly between prosecutors and public defenders, can lead to hindering of justice.
- Distributing resources to prosecutors and public defenders in a way that does not encourage resource parity between the two sides
- Not engaging with criminal justice practitioners to understand the need for and potential effects of new legislation and regulations
- Producing regulations or legislation that directly or indirectly restricts defendants’ access to counsel or other Sixth Amendment rights