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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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"The Defenders," by Matthew Van Meter, The Awl, April 25, 2016.

"Opinion - Marcia Morey: When traffic court becomes debtors’ prison," by Marcia Morey, The News & Observer, April 24, 2016.

"Contesting bail to take on racial disparities in San Francisco jails," by Kamala Kelkar, PBS NewsHour, April 24, 2016.

"PolitiFact - 'Making A Murderer' lawyer: Wisconsin pays lowest rate to lawyers who defend poor in criminal cases," by Tom Kertscher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 20, 2016.

"North Dakota DUI case headed to U.S. Supreme Court," by Caroline Grueskin, The Bismarck Tribune, April 20, 2016.

"Inadequate representation: No more money expected for public defenders," by Julia O'Donoghue, The Times-Picayune, April 18, 2016.

"SC’s poor often lack lawyer in court, study says," by Jeff Jeffrey, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, April 12, 2016.

"Federal Committee Holds Hearings on Criminal Justice Reform," by P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, April 12, 2016.

"These Public Defenders Actually Want to Get Sued," by Edwin Rios, Mother Jones, April 11, 2016.

"Right to an Attorney? Not Always in Some States," by Sarah Breitenbach, Stateline, April 11, 2016.

"Luzerne case call for reform," by The Editorial Board, The Scranton Times-Tribune, April 11, 2016.

"No Lawyers? No Jail. Judge Demands Constitution Be Respected in Louisiana Public Defender Catastrophe," by Bill Quigley, The Huffington Post, April 9, 2016.

"Opinion: Why I refuse to send people to jail for failure to pay fines," by Ed Spillane, The Washington Post, April 8, 2016.

"Louisiana Is Not Taking Its Public Defenders Crisis Seriously," by Brentin Mock, CityLab, April 7, 2016.

"Lawmakers look to shift money to public defenders -- from death penalty appeals," by Julia O'Donoghue, The Times-Picayune, April 7, 2016.

"State Supreme Court takes up public defender funding case," by James Halpin, The Citizens' Voice, April 7, 2016.

"Study shows SC's poor often underrepresented in court," by Zach Fox, Spartanburg Herald Journal, April 6, 2016.

"Inside the New Orleans public defenders office, where attorneys are so overworked they’re turning down new clients," by Casey Tolan, Fusion, April 6, 2016.

"Right to Counsel for Louisiana’s Indigent Defendants Remains at Risk," by Nathalie Baptiste, The American Prospect, April 6, 2016.

"New Report Investigates Courts in South Carolina that Convict and Jail Many Defendants without a Lawyer Present," NACDL News Release, April 4, 2016.

"Asbestos, Arbitration Bifurcation on Tap at Oral Arguments," by Ben Seal, The Legal Intelligencer, April 5, 2016.

"National study reports injustice in state's lower courts," by Tim Smith, The Greenville News, April 4, 2016.

"In S.C.’s lowest criminal courts, the poor suffer without attorneys, study by ACLU, lawyers finds," by Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier, April 3, 2016.

"Judge: Inmates facing added time have right to counsel," by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press, April 1, 2016.

"U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Sixth Amendment Right to Defense Counsel of One's Choice," NACDL News Release, March 30, 2016.

"Public defense funding at ‘critical moment’ in Louisiana and can’t be cut, American Bar Association official claims," by Joe Gyan Jr., The Advocate, March 31, 2016.

"Opinion: Expand legal services for the poor," by Robert Newman, Cincinnati Enquirer, March 31, 2016.

"Editorial: The right to an attorney? In Missouri, it's squishy.," by The Editorial Board, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 30, 2016.

"The trials and travails of a New Orleans public defender," by Jed Lipinski, The Times-Picayune, March 30, 2016.

"Blog: Justice Requires an Independent Federal Public Defender," by Ginny Sloan, The Huffington Post, March 29, 2016.

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