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November 12, 2018 | by Eli HagerThe Marshall Project

“Holistic defense” in its true form—which considers clients’ current court cases along with other life problems that may have led them to criminal conduct—is the subject of a new study with promising results. RAND Corporation and the University of Pennsylvania Law School compared outcomes of defendants in the Bronx who were represented by a holistic defender’s office versus outcomes for those who received services from a more traditional defender’s office. The study found that over a 10-year time period, those who received a “holistic defense” spent 1.1 million fewer days in jail, with no expected increase in crime. Read more about the study and the specific programs in the Bronx here.