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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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"Harris County to add public defenders to bail hearings," by Mihir Zaveri, Houston Chronicle, May 23, 2017.

"Justice on the Cheap," by Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project, May 22, 2017.

"West Wing aides brace for big attorney bills," by Darren Samuelsohn, POLITICO, May 20, 2017.

"Will the Virgin Islands finally end the practice of conscripting non-qualified lawyers to represent the indigent accused?," by David Carroll and Phyllis Mann, May 18, 2017.

"Most States Still Deny Juveniles Access to Counsel: Report," by Victoria Mckenzie, The Crime Report, May 18, 2017.

"Commentary: Give Juveniles Their Due," by Prya Murad, The Marshall Project, May 15, 2017.

"Louisiana Can’t Afford to Pay for Public Defenders, So Inmates Are Pleading Guilty," by Jake Scobey-Thal, The Daily Beast, May 12, 2017.

"Systemic Constitutional Violations Can’t Be Fixed by SCOTUS Decision," by Jessica DaSilva, Bloomberg BNA, May 11, 2017.

"Systemic Constitutional Violations Can’t Be Fixed by SCOTUS Decision," by Jessica DaSilva, Criminal Law Reporter, May 10, 2017.

"Podcast: How Does a Public Defender Work?," by Jacob Brogan, Slate, May 8, 2017.

"New York caseload standards announced and their importance to statewide reform explained," by David Carroll, Sixth Amendment Center, May 8, 2017.

"In addition to lawyers, should poor criminal defendants have a right to taxpayer-funded experts?," by Stateside Staff, NPR, May 8, 2017.

"Guest commentary: Texas may offer a model for Missouri’s public defender crisis," by Tim Lynch, The Kansas City Star, May 7, 2017.

"Locked Up for Being Poor," by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, May 5, 2017.

"Letters: Sadow column on defenders missed mark," by Derwyn Bunton, The Advocate, May 5, 2017.

"Editorial: Maine continues to put up roadblocks to justice," Portland Press Herald, May 5, 2017.

"Report: Minorities Feel Sting of Costly CA Traffic Fines and Fees," The Crime Report, May 4, 2017.

"Courts Director Shares Bail Stats, Urges Funding Change," by Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal, May 4, 2017.

"Class-action status sought for Louisiana indigent defense lawsuit," by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune, May 4, 2017.

"Country's Lowest Pay Rate for SPD Appointments Equals Constitutional Crisis," by Joe Forward, State Bar of Wisconsin, May 4, 2017.

"Counties' Bail Reform Challenge Formally Rejected," by Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal, May 2, 2017.

"The Instantaneous Injustice of Bail," by Kamil Ahsan, The American Prospect, May 1, 2017.

"Public defender lambastes judicial ruling to not fix flawed court software," by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, April 29, 2017.

"Judge in Houston Strikes Down Harris County’s Bail System," by Eli Rosenberg, New York Times, April 29, 2017.

"Idaho High Court Revives Lawsuit Over Faulty Public Defense," by Rebecca Boone, Associated Press, April 28, 2017.

"Report: State doesn't know if there are enough prosecutors and public defenders," by Jim Spiewak, Fox13 (Memphis), April 27, 2017.

"Leesburg, Virginia, Deputy Public Defender Bonnie Hoffman Appointed Public Defense Director for Nation's Criminal Defense Bar," NACDL News Release, April 25, 2017.

"Wealthy murder suspect freed on bail as man accused of welfare fraud stuck in jail," by Sam Levin, The Guardian, April 25, 2017.

"Editorial: Unequal funding, unequal justice," The Intelligencer, April 25, 2017.

"We’re jailing way more people who’ve been convicted of exactly nothing," by Keith Humphreys, The Washington Post, April 24, 2017.

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