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). Commissioner Fisher's letter

NEW: Statement on Capital Conflict Cases Effective January 3, 2017

NEW: 2017 Public Defender Spring and Fall Conference Dates and Locations.

2016 Fall Public Defenders Conference

Sept. 8-9 2016, OSPD Central Regional Juvenile Defender Training

2016 Municipal and Justice Court Defenders Conference Materials

HB 585 Conference Materials

Public Defender Task Force Information

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