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NACDL is committed to ensuring quality representation for all accused individuals and has set out to help reform inadequate state and local indigent defense systems through technical assistance, public education, advocacy, and litigation. This page contains breaking news and cutting edge developments from 2013. News Archive 


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"Life as a Public Defender," by Kim Segal, CBS News, July 22, 2015.

"Idaho lawmakers: Public defender reforms will start next year," by Bill Dentzer, Idaho Statesman, July 21, 2015.

"Editorial: State must protect wrongly accused," Detroit News, July 21, 2015.

"Op-ed: There’s never been a better time for bail reform," by Darren Hutchinson, Washington Post, July 20, 2015.

"Liberia: 'Public Defenders Decry 'Extreme' Working Conditions," by George J. Borteh, AllAfrica, July 20, 2015.

"Missouri could face legal challenge for shortfalls in public defender system," by Dave Helling, Kansas City Star, July 19, 2015.

"Defending the mentally ill: Balancing the scales," by Jessica Prokop, The Columbian, July 19, 2015.

"ACLU lawsuit says Fresno County public defense is inadequate," by Marc Benjamin, Fresno Bee, July 15, 2015.

"Life as a Public Defender," CBS News, July 15, 2015.

"New York City Introduces Bail Reform Plan for Low-Level Offenders," by Rick Rojas, New York Times, July 8, 2015.

"Jury’s out on Salt Lake County’s defense of the indigent," by Mike Gorrell, Salt Lake Tribune, July 6, 2015.

"Editorial: Without a robust defense, defendants face no justice," Salt Lake Tribune, July 6, 2015.

"Is Bail Unconstitutional?," by Leon Neyfakh, Slate, June 30, 2015.

"Judges Replacing Conjecture With Formula for Bail," by Shaila Dewan, New York Times, June 26, 2015.

"Underfunding Public Defenders Can Lead To Sixth Amendment Violations," by Sam Wright, Above The Law, June 23, 2015.

"Jailed for Being Broke," by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, June 23, 2015.

"Prison Revolt," by Bill Keller, The New Yorker, June 29, 2015.

"What Life Is Like For An Idaho Public Defender," by Adam Cotterell, Boise State Public Radio, June 18, 2015.

"ACLU sues Idaho for lack of action to fix ‘broken’ public defender system," by Bill Dentzer, Idaho Statesman, June 17, 2015.

"Poor people rely on public defenders who are too overworked to defend them," by Alexa Van Brunt, The Guardian, June 17, 2015.

"Public defender: Stop jailing the homeless," by Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel, June 15, 2015.

"When Bail Is Out of Defendant’s Reach, Other Costs Mount," by Shaila Dewan, New York Times, June 10, 2015.

" Settlement in federal lawsuit abolishes cash bail for Velda City offenses," by Valerie Schremp Hahn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 3, 2015.

"Guiding Families to a Fair Day in Court," by David Bornstein, New York Times, May 29, 2015.

"America cannot lock its poor in debtor's prisons to fund its police departments ," by Corrina Regnier, The Guardian, May 26, 2015.

"New Mexico public defender, courts seek emergency cash," Associated Press, May 21, 2015.

"Piling on Criminal Fees," by Ronald Wright and Wayne A. Logan, Huffington Post, May 20, 2015.

"Yes, the justice system is bloated. But these 2 areas are still tragically underfunded.," by Stephen Lurie, The Week, May 14, 2015.

"A New Conservative Approach to Justice: Serve the Poor," by Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project, May 12, 2015.

"Georgia Settles Case Alleging Assembly-Line Justice For Children," by Carrie Johnson, NPR, May 2, 2015.

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