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Indigent Defense News

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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"Utah Court Strips Criminal of Right to Counsel, and Some Lawyers Object," by Jack Healy, The New York Times, January 28, 2015.

"City Broadens Its Evaluation of Indigent Criminal Defense," by Andrew Keshner, New York Law Journal, January 28, 2015.

"U.S. Study Faults Phila. Indigent Defense," by P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, January 27, 2015.

"Phila. Defender Association Sole Entrant in New Conflict-Counsel Bid," by P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, January 22, 2015.

"Approval of Indigent Criminal Defense Improvements Nears," by Joel Stashenko, The New York Law Journal, January 20, 2015.

"Panel recommends case limits for attorneys defending the indigent," by Brian Rogers, The Houston Chronicle, January 15, 2015.

"Low pay blamed for high turnover among public defenders," by Sacha Pfeiffer, The Boston Globe, January 13, 2015.

"Texas county to allow indigent defendants to pick own lawyers," by Jim Forsyth, Reuters, January 9, 2015.

"Poor clients pay just to apply for a public defender," by E. Tammy Kim, Al Jazeera America, January 9, 2015.

"The Overcriminalization of America," by Charles G. Koch and Mark V. Holden, Politico, January 7, 2015.

"Standards Issued for Counsel on Indigent Criminal Appeals," by Joel Stashenko, The New York Law Journal, January 8, 2015.

"Summit County has $400,000 deficit in indigent defense fund," Associated Press, January 5, 2015.

"Gideon’s Despair: Four things the next attorney general needs to know about America’s indigent defense crisis.," by David Carroll, The Sixth Amendment Center, January 2, 2015.

"Plan for indigent to choose attorney will get first test in Texas," by Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press, December 29, 2014.

"Judiciary Sees Budget Uptick in Federal Spending Deal," by Mike Sacks, The Blog of Legal Times, December 10, 2014.

"Problems found with county indigent defense system," by Andrew J. Polk, KVIA, December 1, 2014.

"Justice Is Swift as Petty Crimes Clog Courts," by John R. Emswiller and Gary Fields, The Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2014.

"Legislative panel kills public defender resolution," by Kimberlee Krusei, The Associated Press, November 24, 2014.

"Public Defender’s Office offers free assistance to those who may benefit from Prop. 47 ," by Rob Nagle, San Francisco Examiner, November 18, 2014.

"Fee for public defender jumps $150 in Newark," by Naomi Nix, NJ Advance Media, November 18, 2014.

"Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On," by Tina Brown, The Daily Beast, November 11, 2014.

"Editorial: A Rare Victory for Public Defense," The New York Times, October 26, 2014.

"NACDL Offers New Scholarship Funding to Indigent Defense Providers," NACDL News Release, October 23, 2014.

"The coming lawsuit on inadequate public defenders," by Max Brantley, Arkansas Times, October 22, 2014.

"Panel calls for public defenders at initial bail hearings," by Steve Lash, Maryland Daily Record, October 22, 2014.

"NACDL Selected to Receive Significant Grant from Koch Industries, Inc. to Address Nation's Profound Indigent Defense Crisis," NACDL News Release, October 21, 2014.

"Kochs bankroll new effort to help indigent clients," by Frederka Schouten, USA Today, October 21, 2014.

"In New York, Cuomo Pledges More Aid for Lawyers of the Indigent," by James C. McKinley Jr., The New York Times, October 21, 2014.

"Exclusive: Right to Counsel Is the Kochs’ New Cause," by Carl Hulse, The New York Times, October 21, 2014.

"Judge pushes for full-time public defender office," Associated Press, October 20, 2014.

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