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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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"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.

"When it comes to pretrial release, few other jurisdictions do it D.C.’s way," by Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post, July 4, 2016.

"A Big Victory for Public Defense in New York," by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, June 24, 2016.

"Bexar County Asks State to Pay for Indigent Defense," by Mark Reagan, San Antonio Current, June 23, 2016.

"Philadelphia Attorneys Balk at Post-Conviction Appointments," by Max Mitchell, The Legal Intelligencer, June 22, 2016.

"Lawsuit charges that Louisiana judge runs a debtors' prison," by Rebecca Santana, Associated Press, June 21, 2016.

"John Bel Edwards signs funding overhaul for indigent defense," by The Associated Press, Nola.com, June 21, 2016.

"ACLU lawsuit: Utah public defender system unconstitutional," by Michelle L. Price, Associated Press, ksl.com, June 21, 2016.

"Little help available for rising caseloads," by Brandon Mulder, Arkansas Online, June 19, 2016.

"Federally fund public defenders," by Will Isenberg and Tom Emswiler, The Boston Globe, June 19, 2016.

"Why free lawyers shouldn't come cheap," by Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor , June 18, 2016.

" Attorneys Look to Sue Phila. Over Indigent Defense Fees," by Max Mitchell, The Legal Intelligencer, June 17, 2016.

"Senate passes bill to relieve counties of paying for indigent defense," by David Sommerstein, North Country Public Radio, June 17, 2016.

"Kids and Justice: The Legal Battles Ahead," by Isidoro Rodriguez, The Crime Report, June 15, 2016.

"Court Fines And Fees Almost Delay Homecoming For Wrongly Convicted Michigan Man," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, June 14, 2016.

"Supreme Court reinstates conviction of domestic abuser in Indian country," by Robert Barnes, The Washington Post, June 13, 2016.

"Poor on a Native American Reservation? Good Luck Getting a Lawyer.," by Dominique Alan Fenton, The Marshall Project, June 13, 2016.

"Our Views: The high costs of court system," The Advocate, June 12, 2016.

"The Oklahoma Indigent Defense System- woman says "Without them I wouldn't be free"," by Maureen Wurtz, KTUL, June 11, 2016.

"Oklahoma 'guilty' of cutting public defender funding," by Maureen Wurtz, KTUL, June 10, 2016.

"Las Vegas jail inmate appeals sentence imposed while lawyer was handcuffed," by David Ferrara, Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 10, 2016.

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