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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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"Families will no longer be separated at the border. But where are my clients’ kids? ," by Erik Hanshew, Washington Post, June 20, 2018.

"Editorial: Bexar spends millions on private attorneys — with no oversight," San Antonio Express-News, June 16, 2018.

"Private attorneys in death penalty cases create dilemmas for judges, public defenders," by Marilyn Odendahl, The Indiana Lawyer, June 13, 2018.

"Harris County public defender keeps job amid questions from Commissioners Court," by Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, June 12, 2018.

"State’s Highest Court Won’t Hear Johnson Co. Public Defender Case," by Barbara Brosher, Indiana Public Media, May 29, 2018.

"Wisconsin Supreme Court Raises Lawyer Pay for Court Appointments, Takes No Action on SPD Rate," by Wisconsin State Bar, May 18, 2018.

"New Mexico Considers Limits for Overworked Public Defenders," by Associated Press, May 21, 2018.

"Wisconsin Struggling To Find Lawyers For Public Defense Cases," by Danielle Kaeding, NPR, May 15, 2018.

"A long-haul defense lawyer makes do with Wisconsin's lowest-in-nation pay," by Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 11, 2018.

"Opinion: America’s Broken Bail System Substitutes Cash for Justice, Leaves Poor Behind Bars," by Malika Saada Saar and Mark Holden, The Daily Beast, May 10, 2018.

" Missouri public defenders are overloaded with hundreds of cases while defendants wait in jail," by John Yang and Frank Carlson, PBS News Hour, May 2, 2018.

"Rights denied: How Missouri’s public defender system fails clients," by William Joy, KMBC, May 1, 2018.

"Travis County overhauled legal representation for the poor, but lawyers are still overwhelmed," by Neena Satija, Texas Tribune, April 26, 2018.

"Mississippi City Agrees to Change How It Jails the Poor," by Jeff Amy, AP, April 26, 2018.

"Lawyers Seek to Reform ‘Ethical Minefield’ of Public Defender’s Office Controlled by Texas Prison System," by Michael Barajas, Texas Observer, April 24, 2018.

"Central Idaho County Exploring Public Defense Options," AP, April 22, 2018.

"A Louisiana Bill Would Give Public Defenders More Funding. Public Defenders Aren’t Happy.," by Olivia Exstrum, Mother Jones, April 19, 2018.

"Philadelphia DA Wants To Dismantle Mass Incarceration From The Inside Out," WBUR, April 18, 2018.

"Bill Aimed at Indigent Defense Funding Could Imperil Library, Advocates Say," by Max Mitchell, The Legal Intelligencer, April 18, 2018.

"Opinion: How businesses can help Kansas’ pro bono lawyer problem," by Jennifer Adams, Kansas City Star, April 17, 2018.

"Justice Delayed For Those Who Can Least Afford It?," by Danielle Kaeding, WPR, April 16, 2018.

"Wolf, lawmakers push a raft of criminal justice overhauls," by Katie Meyer, WITF, April 13, 2018.

"Louisiana efforts to free wrongfully convicted may lose money under House bill," by Julia O'Donoghue, Times-Picayune, April 5, 2018.

"Until Dallas County Embraces Criminal Justice Reform, There’s the Community Bail Fund," by Alex Macon, D Magazine, March 30, 2018.

"His Clients Weren’t Complaining. But the Judge Said This Lawyer Worked Too Hard.," by Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times, March 29, 2018.

"His Clients Weren’t Complaining. But the Judge Said This Lawyer Worked Too Hard.," by Richard A. Oppel, Jr., New York Times, March 29, 2018.

"Paying Bail? You May Get Stuck at the Boat ," by Beth Fertig, WNYC, March 27, 2018.

"‘Smarter Justice,’ Bail Reforms Make Headway Across U.S., Advocates Say," by Ted Gest, The Crime Report, March 26, 2018.

"Does the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel Apply Prior to Indictment?," by Jonathan H. Adler, Reason, March 24, 2018.

"Legal-Aid Services Are Being Starved," by Douglas Grant, The Nation, March 22, 2018.

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