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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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"St. Louis Public Radio: A trial, but not a speedy one: St. Louis inmates wait in jail four times longer than in the county," by Durrie Bouscaren, St. Louis Public Radio, September 20, 2017.

"Bail disparities across the US reflect inequality: 'It is the poor people who suffer' ," by Matt Krupnick, The Guardian, September 20, 2017.

"Justice Delayed: 10 Years in Jail, but Still Awaiting Trial," by Serge F. Kovaleski, New York Times, September 19, 2017.

"New Mexico Public Defenders Seek More Funds, Reforms ," Associated Press, September 12, 2017.

"Is There a Constitutional Right to Cash in on the Poor?," by Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project, September 11, 2017.

"Editorial: Fixing the unfair bail system is worth the costs," Washington Post, September 9, 2017.

"Law enforcement leaders back bail reform," by Lydia Wheeler, The Hill, September 8, 2017.

"New Orleans bail bond companies systematically overcharging, new complaint asserts," by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune, September 7, 2017.

"What Does an Innocent Man Have to Do to Go Free? Plead Guilty.," by Megan Rose, ProPublica, September 7, 2017.

"One State's Bail Reform Exposes the Promise and Pitfalls of Tech-Driven Justice," by Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, September 5, 2017.

"This group is putting women at the center of the battle to fix California's bail system," by Jazmine Ulloa, Los Angeles Times, September 4, 2017.

"Opinion: The weaponization of plea bargain offers," by Albert B. Kelly,, September 4, 2017.

"Digital Data: What impacts a bail decision?," by Joshua Vaughn, The Sentinel, August 30, 2017.

"To Shrink Jail Population, a Bail Program Is Expanding," by Ashley Southall, New York Times, August 29, 2017.

"Minor Judiciary: Bail decisions vary from judge to judge," by Joshua Vaughn, The Sentinel, August 25, 2017.

"Editorial: Cash Bail’s Lonely Defender," New York Times, August 25, 2017.

"Opinion: Justice works in America for those who can buy it ," by Colin Warner, USA Today, August 23, 2017.

"Criminal Injustice," by Michael Zuckerman, Harvard Magazine, September 2017.

"Post Bail," by Jon Schuppe, NBC News, August 22, 2017.

"New Jersey Is Front Line in a National Battle Over Bail," by Alan Feuer, New York Times, August 21, 2017.

"New Documentary Examines Public Defender System In Indiana," WBIW (Indiana), August 16, 2017.

"Misdemeanor Defendants Facing Jail Time Not Told They Have a Right to Counsel, Bar Association Finds ," by Topher Sanders, ProPublica, August 14, 2017.

"ABA House supports money bail system reform, ban on solitary confinement for juveniles," by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, August 14, 2017.

"Justice for All? Part Two: Inadequate Representation Leads To Conviction? ," by Barbara Brosher, WTIU/WFIU, August 11, 2017.

"Indigent Criminal Defendants Suffer the Most From Current System's Issues," Samuel C. Stretton, Legal Intelligencer, August 10, 2017.

"Opinion: Who Needs The Presumption Of Innocence, Anyway?," by Toni Messina, Above the Law, August 7, 2017.

"Bail bond industry mounts another attack on N.J. reforms," by Nicholas Pugliese,, August 7, 2017.

"Will Trials Ever Return?," by Amanda Farahany, Daily Report, August 7, 2017.

"May the Government Communicate With a Represented Client?," by Joel Cohen, New York Law Journal, August 7, 2017.

"Opinion: With money bail, system continues to criminalize poverty," by Miriam Aroni Krinsky and Christian Gossett, USA Today, July 27, 2017.

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