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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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"Philly DA Larry Krasner won't seek cash bail in certain crimes," by Chris Palmer, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 21, 2018.

" Some Missouri lawmakers want to privatize the public defender system. For one county, it starts March 1.," by Sky Chadde, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 20, 2018.

"Number Of Kids In Child Welfare System Strains Public Defenders," by Emily Forman, WTIU, February 19, 2018.

"Federal Public Defense: The Mysterious Case of a Very Public Inquiry and a So Far Very Private Report," By Norman L. Reimer, Medium, February 12, 2018.

"Opinion: All Americans should have a right to counsel," by Sarah Turberville and Lars Trautman, The Hill, February 12, 2018.

"Judge Says New York’s Bail Law Treats Poor Unfairly," by Alan Feuer, New York Times, February 11, 2018.

"California's bail system doesn't make us safer, attorney general says," by Alexei Koseff, Sacramento Bee, February 10, 2018.

"Editorial: Is the new public defender ending or stoking office turmoil?," by Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2018.

"Public Defenders Protest New ICE Arrest at Bronx Criminal Court," by Colby Hamilton, New York Law Journal, February 8, 2018.

"Time to reform the extortionary cash bail system," by Nila Bala, The Hill, February 7, 2018.

"Too Poor to Be Free: High Bond Keeps Asylum-Seekers Behind Bars," by Mallory Moench, WNYC, February 7, 2018.

"The Latest: Snyder Seeks $46M to Improve Indigent Defense," Associated Press, February 7, 2018.

"Judge Decides Setting Bail Without Regard to Ability to Pay Violates Constitutional Rights," by Jason Grant, New York Law Journal, February 7, 2018.

"Commentary: Indigent defense is improving in Utah," by Joanna Landau, Salt Lake Tribune, February 2, 2018.

"Ohio Justice Urges Judges to Avoid Excessive Fines, Bail," Associated Press, January 31, 2018.

"AI in the court: When algorithms rule on jail time," by Matt O'Brien and Dake Kang, AP, January 31, 2018.

"Opinion: Increasing public defender pay crucial in defense of Constitution," by Hannah Schieber Jurss, Badger Herald, January 30, 2018.

"U.S. court: No court-appointed lawyer for boy facing deportation," by Dan Levine, Reuters, January 29, 2018.

"Groups push N.J. to provide legal assistance to those facing deportation," by Ted Sherman, NJ.com, January 29, 2018.

"Opinion: Utah judges need a system to assess pre-trial risks," by Edward Flint, Salt Lake Tribune, January 25, 2018.

"Atlanta City Court Moves to End Money Bail System," by Katheryn Tucker, Daily Report, January 24, 2018.

"Equal Detention Under the Law? Questions About Who Gets Held Without Bail," by Colleen O'Dea, New Jersey Spotlight, January 24, 2018.

"Opinion: Bail reform requires pretrial release services," by Michael Walter, Batlimore Sun, January 21, 2018.

"Public defenders plead for relief, claim continuing caseload crisis," by Maggie Shepard, Albuquerque Journal, January 19, 2018.

"Idaho judge grants class action status for ACLU lawsuit," by Associated Press, January 19, 2018.

"Judge Forced by Court to Explain Why She Won't Appoint a Public Defender. Her Answer Could Affect Thousands of Texas Cases.," by John Council, Texas Lawyer, January 11, 2018.

"Opinion: Innocent but Still Guilty," by Megan Rose, New York Times, January 18, 2018.

"Comptroller Calls for Removing Profit From City's Bail Equation," by Ashley Southall, New York Times, Januray 16, 2018.

"Since bail reform, Maryland holding fewer people who can't afford bond, Assembly panel told," by Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, January 16, 2018.

"Opinion: How to make an innocent client plead guilty ," by Jeffrey D. Stein, Washington Post, January 12, 2018.

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