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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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"Report: Nation's Criminal Defense Bar Documents "Sixth Amendment-Free" Proceedings in South Carolina Courts," NACDL News Release, January 18, 2017.

"New York Misses Opportunity to Lead the Nation on Public Defense Reform," by Barry J. Pollack, The Huffington Post, January 11, 2017.

"Some Democrats Critical of N.Y. Governor Following Veto of Public Defense Bill," by Mike Vilensky and Corinne Ramey, The Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2017.

"Judge James K. Bredar, assigned to oversee Baltimore consent decree, is former public defender," by Justin Fenton, Baltimore Sun, January 12, 2017.

"How Bail ‘Criminalizes’ Poverty," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, January 10, 2017.

"Legislature Hears Proposed Changes To Montana's Public Defender Office," by Corin Cates-Carney, Montana Public Radio, January 9, 2017.

"Wisconsin's public defender: Kelli Thompson," by Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 7, 2017.

"Montgomery judge suspended for jailing people who couldn't afford fines," by Kent Faulk, AL.com, January 5, 2017.

"New York’s Unequal Justice for the Poor," by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, January 5, 2017.

"Michigan Indigent Criminal Defense Commission Reestablished," by Cheyna Roth, WMUK, January 4, 2017.

"Missouri judge suspended over dispute with public defenders," by Katie Kull, Associated Press, January 3, 2017.

"Editorial: An unjust stroke of a pen," Albany Times Union, January 2, 2017.

"Cuomo Vetoes Bill To Fund Public Defenders," by Jessica Opatich, WSHU, January 2, 2017.

"Starved of money for too long, public defender offices are suing—and starting to win," by Lorelei Laird, ABA Journal, January 1, 2016.

"Cuomo vetoes bill for indigent defense," by Joseph Spector, The Journal News, January 1, 2017.

"Forcing a District Attorney’s Hand," by Shaila Dewan, The New York Times, December 30, 2016.

"When Defendants Cannot Afford a Lawyer, and Neither Can New Mexico," by Fernanda Santos, The New York Times, December 29, 2016.

"Editorial: Faltering public defender system needs fix ASAP," Albuquerque Journal, December 26, 2016.

"Charged a Fee for Getting Arrested, Whether Guilty or Not," by Adam Liptak, The New York Times, December 26, 2016.

"Editorial: Don't delay, Mr. Cuomo," Albany Times-Union, December 25, 2016.

"Long-Sought Indigent Defense Bill Goes to Governor's Desk," by Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal, December 21, 2016.

"Letter: Posting of bond, right to counsel not exclusive," by Mardi Crawford, Albany Times Union, December 21, 2016.

"Commentary: The poor deserve judicial equality," by Daniel P. McCoy, Albany Times Union, December 20, 2016.

"Guest Post: Some juvenile defendants still denied justice through lack of counsel," by Karol Mason and Lisa Foster, The Washington Post, December 20, 2016.

"Juab County to be the first to get money from Utah’s new Indigent Defense Commission," by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, December 19, 2016.

"Lack of funds hits Public Defender Department hard," by Dan Boyd and Katy Barnitz, Albuquerque Journal, December 19, 2016.

"In Maryland, public defenders bear uneven burden," by Eleanor Mueller, Associated Press, December 16, 2016.

"Petition to Supreme Court seeks statewide public defender system," by Dave Stafford, The Indiana Lawyer, December 15, 2016.

"Why America’s public defender system is so messed up, explained in 2 minutes," by German Lopez, Vox, December 14, 2016.

"Public defenders help defendants look their best for court," by Gal Tziperman Lotan, Orlando Sentinel, December 14, 2016.

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