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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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"High Praise for Missouri Public Defender Who Appointed Governor to Represent Criminal Defendant," by The Editorial Board, The Connecticut Law Tribune, August 25, 2016.

"Court rules public defender can't appoint Missouri governor as a defense attorney," by Celeste Bott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 25, 2016.

"An Arkansas Judge Sent A Cancer Patient To ‘Debtors’ Prison’ Over A Few Bounced Checks," by Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post, August 24, 2016.

"St. Louis Prosecutor: Public Defenders Have Enough Resources," St. Louis Public Radio, August 23, 2016.

"New York Police Broke Surveillance Rules After 9/11, Inquiry Finds," by Al Baker and Rick Rojas, The New York Times, August 23, 2016.

"Bail Reformers Aren’t Waiting for Bail Reform," by Alysia Santo, The Marshall Project, August 23, 2016.

"Court told money short for Missouri death row inmate defense," by Jim Salter, The Associated Press, August 22, 2016.

"Justice Department Says Poor Can't Be Held When They Can't Afford Bail," by Pete Williams, NBC News, August 19, 2016.

"Cuomo should sign legislation requiring the state to pay for defense lawyers for the poor," by The Editorial Board, The Buffalo News, August 17, 2016.

"Editorial Opinion: Michigan moves slowly to fix shoddy indigent defense," by Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press, August 14, 2016.

"Alexander Bunin Receives Champion of Public Defense Award from Nation's Criminal Defense Bar," NACDL News Release, August 11, 2016.

"Missouri's Top Public Defender Doubles Down On Jay Nixon's Assignment," by Luke X. Martin, KCUR, August 11, 2016.

"These lawyers don’t get paid enough; at least pay them on time," by The Editorial Board, The Boston Globe, August 8, 2016.

"How A Harmless Pot Grower Gets 15 Years As A 'Career Offender'," by Jacob Sullum, Forbes, August 4, 2016.

"Editorial: Governor should rise for the defense of indigent clients," by The Editorial Board, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 4, 2016.

"All but 1 Idaho county asks for public defender grants," by The Associated Press, August 4, 2016.

"Frustrated state public defender appoints Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to represent indigent defendant," by Radley Balko, 'The Watch' Blog, August 4, 2016.

"City Bar Lobbies Governor to Cover Indigent Defense," by Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal, August 2, 2016.

"Compensation, caseload key complaints from defense lawyers," by Stacey Barchenger, The Tennessean, July 29, 2016.

"How can Tennessee help poor defendants?," by Stacey Barchenger, The Tennessean, July 27, 2016.

"Baker signs budget to pay lawyers for indigent," by John R. Ellement and Evan Allen, The Boston Globe, July 22, 2016.

"A Defender Office for Supreme Court Advocacy?," by Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson, Bloomberg BNA, July 18, 2016.

"Five Voices on Reforming the Front End of Justice," by J. Scott Thompson, John Chisholm, Leah Garabedian, Barbara Broderick, and Sallie Clark, The Marshall Project, July 17, 2016.

"Turning poor people into criminals," by Editorial Board, Brattleboro Reformer, July 14, 2016.

"Lawyerless child migrants caught in legal quagmire," by David Rogers, Politico, July 14, 2016.

"Virginia wages war on the poor with driver’s license suspensions," by The Editorial Board, The Washington Post, June 13, 2016.

"Missouri's public defender system sues over governor's hold on funds," by The Associated Press, KSPR News, July 13, 2016.

"Is Change Coming in the Cash Bail System?," by Isidoro Rodriguez, The Crime Report, July 11, 2016.

"Tulsa public defenders champion free bonds for indigent nonviolent offenders," by Arianna Pickard, Tulsa World, July 10, 2016.

"Less new money for public defenders in Missouri as governor slashes $115 million from budget," by Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 7, 2016.

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