The Office of State Public Defender (OSPD) was created by SB 2563, becoming active on July 1, 2011. OSPD has three main divisions: Capital Defense Counsel Division, which tries and assists in death penalty trials and appeals throughout the State; the Indigent Appeals Division, which handles all felony indigent criminal appeals; and the Training Division, which is responsible for the training all of Mississippi's public defenders.

NEW PROGRAM: Effective July 1, 2016, MDOC has replaced the Regimented Inmate Discipline Program (RID) with the Recidivism Reduction Program (RRP). Click here for Commissioner Fisher's letter

Click here for OSPD Central Regional Juvenile Defender Training

Click here for 2016 Municipal and Justice Court Defenders Training

Click here for HB 585 Conference Materials

Click here for Public Defender Task Force Information

OSPD Right to Counsel in Mississippi Report October 2013 (updated September 2014)


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Fall 2014 Public Defenders Conference -- Horseshoe Casino, Tunica, MS

Office of State Public Defender
P.O. Box 3510
Jackson, MS 39207
601-576-4205 (fax)

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