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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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"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.

"For kids accused of crime, a risk of unskilled lawyers," by Maya Lau, The Shreveport Times, April 12, 2015.

"Delaware bill would revamp Public Defender's Office," by Jessica Masuli Reyes, The New Journal, April 7, 2015.

"Idaho Lawmakers Try to Trim Public Defender Workload," by Ryan Struyk, Associated Press, April 6, 2015.

"A Courtroom Divided," by Andrew Cohen and Clare Sestanovich, The Marshall Project, March 30, 2015.

"New Report Confronts Lack of Lawyers at Bail Hearings," by Marcia Coyle, National Law Journal, March 18, 2015.

"Judge Approves Criminal Defense Settlement ," by Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal, March 18, 2015.

"DOJ Weighs In on Public Defender Suit," by R. Robin McDonald, Daily Report, March 17, 2015.

"10 judicial districts expected to run out of money to pay public defenders by June," by Scott Rogers, The News-Star (Louisiana), March 16, 2015.

"Proposal to change indigent defense provisions abandoned," by Carrie Teegardin, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, March 2, 2015.

"Latest Phila. Conflict Counsel Oversight Bill Becomes Law," by P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, February 20, 2015.

"The right to counsel must be protected and expanded," by Lauren Carasik, Al Jazeera America, February 13, 2015.

"Jails Have Become Warehouses for the Poor, Ill and Addicted, a Report Says," by Timothy Williams, The New York Times, February 11, 2015.

"Can Baton Rouge afford new public safety buildings while DA, public defender struggles to make payroll?," by Emily Lane, New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 11, 2015.

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