Indigent Defense News

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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"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.

"15 upstate New York counties urge state to take over program to provide legal services to poor," Associated Press, October 16, 2014.

"The numbers: Louisiana's public defender funding crisis," KTBS, October 9, 2014.

"Revamped Indigent Defense System Has a Downside, Lawyers Say," by Angela Morris, Texas Lawyer, October 9, 2014.

"Public defenders explain need for more funding," by Lauren Bradley, NBC Montana, October 9, 2014.

"Editorial: New York’s Big Chance on Public Defense," The New York Times, October 8, 2014.

"Judge orders adequate counsel for indigent defendants," by Scott Sandlin, Albuquerque Journal, October 8, 2014.

"Trial of Lawsuit Challenging Indigent Defense Delayed," by Joel Stashenko, The New York Law Journal, October 7, 2014.

"More Louisiana public defenders offices slated to go broke," by Julia O'Donoghue, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, September 30, 2014.

"Holder Backs Suit in New York Faulting Legal Service for Poor," by Matt Apuzzo, The New York Times, September 25, 2014.

"DOJ Acts Boldly In Case to Expose Indigent Defense Deficiencies," NACDL News Release, September 25, 2014.

"Miss. accused do time for years with no indictment for a crime," by Jerry Mitchell, The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, September 24, 2014.

"NYCLU blasts Onondaga County's system for legal representation of the poor as trial date approaches," by John O'Brien, The Syracuse Post-Standard, September 17, 2014.

"Public defense system is broken, state judge rules," by Scott Sandlin, The Albuquerque News Journal, September 8, 2014.

"Diane DePietropaolo Price Appointed Indigent Defense Training Manager for Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar," NACDL News Release, September 3, 2014.

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