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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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"In Chicago, less than 1% saw a lawyer after arrest," by Rosa Flores, CNN, May 25, 2016.

"Editorial: Indigent defense system in need of improvements," Knoxville News Sentinel, May 25, 2016.

"Is Bail Causing Convictions?," by Bourree Lam, The Atlantic, May 24, 2016.

"​A Judge Explains How to Change America’s Twisted Bail System," by John Surico, VICE, May 24, 2016.

"Man in Mississippi jail 11 years without trial," by Jerry Mitchell, The Clarion-Ledger, May 22, 2016.

"Editorial: Better pay, better defense," Daily Press, May 22, 2016.

"Tenn. task force looks at how best to provide legal representation to the state’s poor," by Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville News Sentinel, May 20, 2016.

"Harris County's pretrial detention practices challenged as unlawful in federal court," by Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle, May 19, 2016.

"Council Votes to Pay Public Defenders the Same As Prosecutors, Uphold Hungry Lawyer's Firing," by Gabrielle Orum Hernandez, Daily Report, May 16, 2016.

"Bill seeks to assure children have access to lawyer," by James Dawson, Delaware Public Media, May 15, 2016.

"Louisiana's Public Defender Crisis Is Leaving Thousands Stuck in Jail With No Legal Help," by Lauren Zanolli, VICE News, May 13, 2016.

"Opinion: Our Rickety Public Defense System Has Finally Collapsed. Here’s How to Fix It.," by Sara Mayeux, The Nation, May 9, 2016.

"Philadelphia Slashing Fees For Court-Appointed Counsel," by Max Mitchell, The Legal Intelligencer, May 7, 2016.

"New Orleans will ship hundreds of inmates hours away from their lawyers," by Casey Tolan, Fusion, May 5, 2016.

"Colorado Springs Will Stop Jailing People Too Poor To Pay Court Fines," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, May 5, 2016.

"Do Public Defenders Spend Less Time on Black Clients?," by Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project, May 2,2016.

"Wait list grows as public defenders refuse cases in New Orleans," by Mori Rothman, PBS NewsHour, May 1, 2016.

"Blog: A Congressional Fix to the Indigent Defense Crisis," by Cara H. Drinan, HuffPost Crime, April 29, 2016.

"A Mockery of Justice for the Poor," by John Pfaff, The New York Times, April 29, 2016.

"The Defenders," by Matthew Van Meter, The Awl, April 25, 2016.

"Opinion - Marcia Morey: When traffic court becomes debtors’ prison," by Marcia Morey, The News & Observer, April 24, 2016.

"Contesting bail to take on racial disparities in San Francisco jails," by Kamala Kelkar, PBS NewsHour, April 24, 2016.

"PolitiFact - 'Making A Murderer' lawyer: Wisconsin pays lowest rate to lawyers who defend poor in criminal cases," by Tom Kertscher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 20, 2016.

"North Dakota DUI case headed to U.S. Supreme Court," by Caroline Grueskin, The Bismarck Tribune, April 20, 2016.

"Inadequate representation: No more money expected for public defenders," by Julia O'Donoghue, The Times-Picayune, April 18, 2016.

"SC’s poor often lack lawyer in court, study says," by Jeff Jeffrey, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, April 12, 2016.

"Federal Committee Holds Hearings on Criminal Justice Reform," by P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, April 12, 2016.

"These Public Defenders Actually Want to Get Sued," by Edwin Rios, Mother Jones, April 11, 2016.

"Right to an Attorney? Not Always in Some States," by Sarah Breitenbach, Stateline, April 11, 2016.

"No Lawyers? No Jail. Judge Demands Constitution Be Respected in Louisiana Public Defender Catastrophe," by Bill Quigley, The Huffington Post, April 9, 2016.

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