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"‘The system is at a breaking point’: New DA, public defenders work to reduce backlog of cases at Criminal District Court," by Nicholas Chrastil, The Lens, January 20, 2021
"Public Interest Groups Say New Pa. Court Deadline Policy Hurts the Indigent," by P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, January 07, 2021
"Virginia Beach public defenders earn far less than prosecutors. Both sides want that to change.," by Alissa Skelton, The Virginian-Pilot, January 03, 2021
"Public defender groups lay out legislative agenda," by Erin Durkin, Politico, December 17, 2020
"Bill Would Restore DOJ Office Supporting Poor Communities," by Justin Wise, Law360, December 18, 2020
"Unequal Before the Law," by Matthew Clair, The Nation, December 14, 2020
"Public defenders can't lighten their own caseloads, Louisiana Supreme Court rules. Here's why.," by Lea Skene, The Advocate, December 11, 2020
"With L.A. courts paralyzed by COVID-19, public defenders say caseloads are ‘unconscionable’," by James Queally, Los Angeles Times, December 13, 2020
"Pima County will provide bail money for some defendants under new program," by Carol Ann Alaimo, Tucson.com, December 07, 2020
"Maine begins search for new public defense director, approves rule changes," by Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor, November 22, 2020
"With increased city funding, public defenders avoid ‘worst possible outcome,’ but not out of the woods yet, chief defender says," by Nicholas Chrastil, The Lens, November 24, 2020
"Closing Arguments Delivered in Trial Over Missouri Public Defender Wait List," by Joe Harris, Courthouse News Service, November 18, 2020
"Pandemic Pushes Debate Over Driver’s Licenses," by Chris Burrell, WGBH, November 16, 2020
"The El Paso Experiment," by Melissa del Bosque, The Intercept, November 01, 2020
"Louisiana public defenders ask skeptical Supreme Court to let them drop, refuse cases," by Matt Sledge, Nola.com, October 20, 2020