I managed the Byrne JAG program for Arkansas for 7 years, and we funded a public defender for the Veteran's Court in Pulaski County. It was a huge success. It was eye opening to see the number of Veterans who are in the system because they are homeless or unemployed or have issues related to mental health. The program used a very small amount of funds but had huge returns on the lives impacted. I would like to see Byrne Jag fund more public defender projects. Our judicial system requires all the pieces to be fully functional. The Public Defender system is one of the MOST underfunded parts of that system. My two cents.
Oh yes, I continued my membership in NCJA with a personal membership after I left Byrne Jag and I encourage every law enforcement officer, prosecutor and public defender who I encounter to do that also. The information that is provided through the Association is invaluable.
Diana K. Wilson
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
1515 7th Street Suite 320
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Advocating for Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
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