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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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"Public defender's office to review cases involving stingray technology," by Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun, August 28, 2015.

"ACLU says Utah is failing you on your right to a lawyer," by Ben Winslow, FOX13 Salt Lake City, August 27, 2015.

"Indigent Representation: Post-Conviction Best Practices," by Risa Gerson and Tammy Feman, New York Law Journal, August 27, 2015.

"The continuing criminalization of poverty: Milwaukee driver’s license suspension policy sows despair," by Radley Balko, The Watch, August 26, 2015.

"Public Defense Reform Shows Both the Challenge and the Possibility of Post-Katrina New Orleans," by Derwyn Bunton, Huffington Post Blog, August 26, 2015.

"Life as a Public Defender," by Kim Segal, CBS News, August 26, 2015.

"The Case Against Cash Bail," by Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, August 25, 2015.

"The Best Defense Is Good Offense: DOJ Challenges Local Public Defense Programs," by Lauren Kirchner, ProPublica, August 25, 2015.

"Letitia James’s Ease in the Courtroom Informs Her Role as Public Advocate," by Nikita Stewart, New York Times, August 23, 2015.

"Justice Dept. Presses Civil Rights Agenda in Local Courts," by Matt Apuzzo, New York Times, August 19, 2015.

"This Is What Justice Looks Like in Many Small Towns Across America," by Rebecca McCray, TakePart, August 14, 2015.

"Indefensible: The Story Of New Orleans’ Public Defenders," by Albert Samaha, BuzzFeed, August 13, 2015.

"Public Defender Robert Wesley: Owing court costs doesn't justify many arrests," by Elyssa Cherney, Orlando Sentinel, August 11, 2015.

"Life as a Public Defender," by Kim Segal, CBS News, August 12, 2015.

"Missouri Public Defender System director wants $10 million more," by Alex Stuckey, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 11, 2015.

"It’s in your best interest to not go to jail," by Alexandria Burris, Shreveport Times, August 10, 2015.

"Life as a Public Defender," by Kim Segal, CBS News, August 5, 2015.

"Indigents Benefit From Caseload Caps, Report Shows," by Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal, August 5, 2015.

"Midwestern States Up Funding For Public Defenders And Legal Aid," by Sam Wright, Above The Law, July 28, 2015.

"Can a Public Defender Really Handle 700 Cases a Year?," by Gabrielle Canon, Mother Jones, July 27, 2015.

"Baton Rouge judge stops Caddo Parish judges from enforcing order on funding in cases involving indigent defendants," by Joe Gyan Jr., The Advocate, July 26, 2015.

"Life as a Public Defender," by Kim Segal, CBS News, July 22, 2015.

"Idaho lawmakers: Public defender reforms will start next year," by Bill Dentzer, Idaho Statesman, July 21, 2015.

"Editorial: State must protect wrongly accused," Detroit News, July 21, 2015.

"Op-ed: There’s never been a better time for bail reform," by Darren Hutchinson, Washington Post, July 20, 2015.

"Liberia: 'Public Defenders Decry 'Extreme' Working Conditions," by George J. Borteh, AllAfrica, July 20, 2015.

"Missouri could face legal challenge for shortfalls in public defender system," by Dave Helling, Kansas City Star, July 19, 2015.

"Defending the mentally ill: Balancing the scales," by Jessica Prokop, The Columbian, July 19, 2015.

"ACLU lawsuit says Fresno County public defense is inadequate," by Marc Benjamin, Fresno Bee, July 15, 2015.

"Life as a Public Defender," CBS News, July 15, 2015.

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