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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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"Md. cut back on funding criminal defense for poor," Associated Press, July 25, 2014.

"In Waco, Checking on Defendants' Claims of Poverty," by Gilad Edelman, Texas Tribune, July 22, 2014.

"A shortage of indigent defenders may mean problems for the court system in the future," by Jeremy Pierre, KNOE, July 22, 2014.

"States Spend Less on Legal Defense for the Poor," by Joe Palazzolo, Wall Street Journal , July 17, 2014.

"Public defender may stop handling cases in municipal courts," by Kirk Brown, Anderson Independent Mail, July 7, 2014.

"N.Y. should defend the defenseless," by Corey Stoughton, Albany Times Union, July 1, 2014.

"NYCLU: Settlement reached with Ontario County over poor or indigent defendants," Associated Press, June 26, 2014.

"NYC funds public defender system for immigrants," by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press, June 26, 2014.

"Don't skimp on indigent defenders," San Antonia Express-News, June 20, 2014.

"Michigan's High Court Limits The Fees Billed To Defendants," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, June 18, 2014.

"Court Says Public Defenders Should Pay Expert Witness Costs ," Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune, June 13, 2014.

"Hundreds jailed in Pa. for failing to pay court fines for truancy," by Maryclaire Dale, The Associated Press, June 11, 2014.

"Court: Taxpayers must pay for defense in Yale University doctor's murder case," by Dave Collins, The Associated Press, June 10, 2014.

"NJ bail reform: Our chance to fix a broken system (Opinion)," by Paul DeWolfe, The Star-Ledger, June 4, 2014.

"Facing Doubts About Court Fines, Lawmakers Take Questions To Heart," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, June 4, 2014.

"Indigent and need a lawyer? It may cost you the Fourth Amendment," by Radley Balko, The Washington Post, June 3, 2014.

"Why Your Right To A Public Defender May Come With A Fee," by Samantha Sunne, NPR, May 29, 2014.

"Public Defender System for Immigrants Facing Deportation Would Pay for Itself, Study Says," by Kir Semple, The New York Times, May 29, 2014.

"Measures Aimed At Keeping People Out Of Jail Punish The Poor," by Joseph Shapiro, May 24, 2014.

"Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors Prisons," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, May 21, 2014.

"Court Fees Drive Many Poor Defendants Underground," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, May 21, 2014.

"Editorial: Pay Up or Go to Jail," The New York Times, May 20, 2014.

"Big Fees For The Big Easy's Poorest Defendants," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, May 20, 2014.

"As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, May 19, 2014.

"Councilman: Nutter Administration Resisting Conflict-Counsel Study," by P. J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, May 16, 2014.

"Legal aid for youth expected to be signed into law," Associated Press, May 14, 2014.

"Chronically Underpaid, Court Appointed Defense Attorneys Get A Raise," by Adolfo Pesquera, Daily Business Review, March 12, 2014.

"Juvenile injustice: truants face courts, jailing without legal counsel to aid them," by Susan Ferriss, The Center for Public Integrity, May 9, 2014.

"Seattle Defense Attorney Colette Tvedt Appointed Indigent Defense Director for Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar," NACDL News Release, May 8, 2014.

"Criminal justice lawyers are becoming ‘working poor,’ study says," by John R. Ellement, The Boston Globe, May 8, 2014.

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