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Inside NACDL: Elevating Public Defense — One Strategy at a Time

By Norman L. Reimer

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As another year begins with the public defense crisis unabated, the legal profession, especially the criminal defense bar, must redouble efforts to promote reform. In this vein, it is useful to highlight positive initiatives that can truly make a difference. Even as the nation and its states, counties, and localities continue to shirk the responsibility to adequately provide full access to properly resourced public defense counsel1 for all who are too poor to retain counsel, it is important to focus on a glass half full.

NACDL has vastly increased its commitment to public defense reform through multiple projects designed to support criminal defense providers. These efforts include the development of manuals to promote more effective pretrial release advocacy and accompanying training programs crafted to elevate practice techniques, direct assistance to defenders in several venues who seek to implement meaningful workload standards, targeted training programs to address l

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