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"Op-Ed: The progressive prosecutor movement has limits. Public defenders can do more," by Yonina Alexander, Los Angeles Times, August 05, 2022
"Philly public defenders, staff to get pay raise," by Tom MacDonald, WHYY, July 06, 2022
"Public Defenders Are About to Be on the Front Lines for Protecting Abortion Rights," by Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, May 16, 2022
"Hundreds Have Left N.Y. Public Defender Offices Over Low Pay," by Jonah E. Bromwich, New York Times, June 09, 2022
"Cases are being delayed across the country due to a shortage of defense attorneys," by Conrad Wilson, NPR, May 14, 2022
"Lawmakers approve taking step toward public defender's unit in Maine," by Kevin Miller, Maine Public Radio, April 22, 2022
"Stand up for Sixth Amendment," by Jim Grandfield, Suffolk News-Herald, April 19, 2022
"Ossoff Uses Jackson's Hearing to Promote Bill to Provide Federal Public Defenders in Ga., Elsewhere," by Everett Catts, Daily Report, March 23, 2022
"Oregon lawmakers agree to $12 million band-aid for ailing public defense system," by Conrad Wilson, OBP, February 16, 2022
"Lawmakers say Oregon ‘primed’ for lawsuit after scathing American Bar Association report," by Conrad Wilson, OBP, January 22, 2022
"Minnesota public defenders, staff overworked at cost to clients, survey says," by Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, January 10, 2022
"Oregon public defense system halts payments to prosecutors for discovery materials," by Conrad Wilson, Oregon Public Broadcasting, January 03, 2022
"Opinion: To prevent wrongful convictions, invest in public defense solutions," by Emily Galvin-Almanza, The Hill, December 18, 2021
"Opinion: N.J.’s public defender: Breakdowns in our jails have led to tragedies," by Joseph E. Krakora, NJ.com, December 13, 2021
"Is This the Worst Place to Be Poor and Charged with a Federal Crime?," by Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, November 05, 2021