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"N.M. public defenders hail new study that says they're overburdened," by Phaedra Haywood, Santa Fe New Mexican, September 23, 2023
"Report: Public defenders in Oklahoma work nearly 4 times too many cases," by Elizabeth Caldwell, Public Radio Tulsa, September 19, 2023
"Oregon Supreme Court considers authority of judges in public defense dispute," by Conrad Wilson, OPB, September 19, 2023
"US judiciary's budget process to blame for potential public defender cuts, report says," by Nate Raymond, Reuters, September 18, 2023
"Mississippi Courts Won’t Say How They Provide Lawyers for Poor Clients," by Caleb Bedillion, The Marshall Project/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal/ProPublica, September 18, 2023
"Public Defenders Are 'Dangerously' Overworked, Report Finds," by Marco Poggio, Law360, September 12, 2023
"New Jersey Took a Big Step Toward Eliminating Public Defender Fees. But Some Costs Remain.," by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, The Appeal, August 22, 2023
"Judge rules discovery can start later this month in lawsuit against public defender shortage," by Henry Redman, Wisconsin Examiner, August 08, 2023
"US judiciary warns Congress against cuts to public defender, cyber spending," by Nate Raymond, Reuters, August 01, 2023
"Delayed justice is a hidden crisis in our federal justice system," by Jeremiah Mosteller, The Hill, July 27, 2023
"Mississippi Says Poor Defendants Must Always Have a Lawyer. Few Courts Are Ready to Deliver.," by Caleb Bedillion, ProPublica/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, July 05, 2023
"NJ Gets Rid Of Public Defender Fees With New Law," by George Woolston, Law360, July 03, 2023
"Another way | Maryland offers lessons for Georgia’s public defender system," by Andy Pierrotti, Atlanta News First, June 27, 2023
"Public defender, prosecutor shortages prevail in Wisconsin," by Liam Beran, Daily Cardinal, June 23, 2023
"Wage increases just part of the solution to public defender ‘crisis’," by Colton Molesky, WMTV, June 05, 2023