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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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"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.

"State-paid appellate public defenders are making $16K a year less than state-paid appellate prosecutors," by Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review, February 10, 2015.

"Panel tries to ease load of public defenders," Associated Press, February 9, 2015.

"Revenue Dilemma at Heart of Rising Offender Fees," by M. Scott Carter, Oklahoma Watch, February 8, 2015.

"New Legislation Over Conflict Counsel Contracts Passed by Phila. City Council," by P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, February 6, 2015.

"Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe," by Josepha Shapiro, NPR, January 29, 2015.

"Nutter opposes Council bill restricting who can represent the poor," by Jenny DeHuff, The Philadelphia Daily News, January 29, 2015.

"Detention of Public Defender 'Unconscionable;' Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Stands With San Francisco Public Defenders," NACDL News Release, January 29, 2015.

"Arkansas public defenders stretched thin," by David Koon, Arkansas Times, January 29, 2015.

"ACLU files lawsuit in Georgia against private probation company, which also operates in Alabama, for arresting the poor," by Kent Faulk, Al.com, January 29, 2015.

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

"Indigent defendants who hire attorneys not entitled to public resources, Utah Supreme Court says," by Stephen Hunt, The Salt Lake Tribune, 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.

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