NDS Detroit opened its doors this fall, providing world-class holistic criminal defense service to the people of Wayne County.

A major infusion of state funding will support improvements in criminal defense services in Wayne County. This is an opportunity to think smarter about how defense can guarantee not only constitutional rights but also the social justice our society needs to thrive. Never before has any local government in Michigan taken such steps to improve the quality of legal representation for the indigent. Wayne County and Neighborhood Defender Service Detroit are changing the game and leading the region in public defense.

No Wayne County resident should ever be convicted of a crime because they are poor. This is where NDS Detroit comes in. As part of a nationally-recognized indigent defense organization, it melds local Wayne County legal talent with a proven client support system to produce the very best outcomes.

NDS Detroit brings its model for providing unparalleled representation to clients facing felony charges.  The team takes the time to understand clients as people and meets their legal and social needs. Staff investigators uncover all available evidence, because no client should plead guilty before the facts are known. Staff social workers provide counseling, psychosocial support, and psychiatric and psychological referrals. Advocates assist with drug treatment placements and potential alternatives to incarceration. Attorneys zealously represent our clients at every turn in the legal process.

By taking all these needs into consideration, NDS Detroit disentangles clients from the criminal legal system once and for all. 29 years of practice show this integrated, holistic approach makes all the difference in clients’ lives. NDS Detroit is changing the game of public defense, establishing the city as a leader in the field. Through our partnership we will keep Wayne County’s families and communities together.

Chantá Parker, Managing Director, NDS Detroit

Chanta Parker

Chantá Parker manages NDS Detroit. She previously served as a Supervising Attorney with the Criminal Defense Practice and as a staff attorney and legal intern. She brings over ten years of criminal defense experience to NDS.
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – The Wayne County Procurement Division announced that it has recommended the Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS) for tentative award of the contract to establish a public defender office in Wayne County.