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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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"Legal battle over public defense funding in Louisiana heats up in Orleans Parish courthouse," by John Simerman, The Advocate, February 2, 2016.

"Defense attorneys critical of St. Charles County's juvenile court," by Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 2, 2016.

"Letter: When Justice Is Unequal," by Peter A. Joy, New York Times, February 1, 2016.

"Judge: Patience running out on Orleans Public Defenders' unavailability," by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune, February 1, 2016.

"Judge Bars Jailing of Indigent Defendants for Misdemeanors," by R. Robin McDonald, Daily Report, February 1, 2016.

"Opinion - Maine Voices: Maine’s poor face dismal criminal defense system," by Merritt T. Heminway, Portland Press Herald, January 31, 2016.

"Proposed bill to tackle problems plaguing Utah’s indigent defense system," by Jessica Miller, Salt Lake Tribune, January 31, 2016.

"Indigent Legal Services – Representation for All and Mandate Relief as well.," by John T. McDonald III, Albany Times Union, January 30, 2016.

"New Orleans Public Defenders Refuse New Cases To Highlight Underfunding," NPR, January 29, 2016.

"Criminal Defendants Sue State Of Utah For Blowing Off The Sixth Amendment," by Tim Cushing, Techdirt, January 28, 2016.

"Why Getting Sued Could Be the Best Thing to Happen to New Orleans’ Public Defenders," by Eli Hager, Marshall Project, January 28, 2016.

"Opinion - Gideon: Bail Reform Should Be Next Step in State's Criminal Justice Reforms," Connecticut Law Tribune, January 27, 2016.

"Bill Pushes for Full State Funding of Indigent Defense," by Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal, January 26, 2016.

"State of Utah, Washington County sued over their public defender system," by Jessica Miller, Salt Lake Tribune, January 22, 2016.

"Lawsuit over Idaho’s public defense system dismissed," by Melissa Davlin, Idaho Statesman, January 22, 2016.

"A Waiting List for Justice in New Orleans," by The Editorial Board, New York Times, January 22, 2016.

"Why embattled public defenders 'welcome' lawsuits against them," by Henry Gass, Christian Science Monitor, January 21, 2016.

"Legislature is 'real target' of ACLU's Orleans Public Defenders' lawsuit, website reports," by Kevin Litten, The Times-Picayune, January 20, 2016.

"New Orleans Puts Poor on ‘Waiting List’ for Lawyers, Suit Alleges," by Richard Fausset, New York Times, January 15, 2016.

"Criminal defense attorneys oppose LePage’s plan for contract system," by Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News, January 13, 2016.

"A community solution to cash bail," by Jonah Newman, Chicago Reporter, January 13, 2016.

"Opinion analysis: Court makes quick work of prisoner fees case," by Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog, January 12, 2016.

"Attorneys in Search of Solutions on CJA Funding," by Celia Ampel, Daily Business Review, January 12, 2016.

"Op-Ed Contributor: ‘Making a Murderer’ Is About Justice, Not Truth," by Lisa Kern Griffin, New York Times, January 12, 2016.

"Orleans Public Defenders office to begin refusing serious felony cases Tuesday," by Ben Myers, The Times-Picayune, January 11, 2016.

"Opinion: For those accused in Harris County, it's time to right a legal wrong," by Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle, January 9, 2016.

"Tulsa World Editorial: Public defenders think outside the box," by World's Editorial Writers, Tulsa World, January 8, 2016.

"Lawsuit: Indiana county's public defender system 'set up to fail poor people'," by Kristine Guerra, Indianapolis Star, January 5, 2016.

"Editorial: Time for Bail Reform?," Connecticut Law Tribune, January 4, 2016.

"Lawsuits seek to abolish country's bail bond system," Associated Press, December 27, 2015.

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