Darren Cantor, Deputy Director of the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (ADL), appeared before the committee in accordance with the SMART Government Act and Joint Rule 25. The annual report to the Joint Judiciary Committee and associated Powerpoint presentation were distributed to members (Attachment F and G). Mr. Cantor discussed the origin and mission of ADL and answered questions about prosecutorial choices. He next explained the budget request and its relation to the caseload increase. He also discussed the social worker program and answered questions about it. The committee asked further questions about the hourly rate of attorneys and social workers providing services for ADL, contracts, and liability insurance and immunity. Mr. Cantor expressed concerns about staff retention, especially in the rural areas. He reported that ADL Is working with University of Denver law students for rural needs.
There was no public testimony.