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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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"Improving legal representation for the indigent," by Olivia Covington, Indiana Lawyer, September 19, 2018.

"Public Defenders Say New York’s New Policy To Reduce Marijuana Arrests Doesn’t Go Far Enough," by Raven Rakia, The Appeal, September 17, 2018.

"Public defender system needs more money, observers say," by Catherine Sweeney, Journal Record, September 12, 2018.

"DNA lab closure, indigent defense: Travis County tackles justice issues," by Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Community Impact, September 11, 2018.

"Editorial: An unnecessary obstacle to bail representation," San Antonio Express-News, September 8, 2018.

"Dawn Deaner on Two Decades in Public Defense and What's Next," by Steven Hale, Nashville Scene, September 4, 2018.

"What Changed After D.C. Ended Cash Bail," NPR, September 2, 2018.

"Editorial: End money bail. Now.," Washington Post, September 2, 2018.

"'It always comes down to money': How a nonprofit is changing lives by paying bail," by Hannah Rappleye, Brenda Breslauer and Munir Atalla, NBC, September 2, 2018.

"County looks to increase access to public defenders via better compensation," by Adam Rogan, Journal Times, August 30, 2018.

"Editorial: Public defender plan will improve quality of legal representation," Mining Journal, August 27, 2018.

"These Indiana counties stopped requiring bail. Here’s how that’s worked.," by Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, August 26, 2018.

"Criminal justice system fees for 21,000 waived," by Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, August 23, 2018.

"OC Public Defenders Wade Into Inmate Call Recordings Flap," by Paul Anderson, NBC, August 21, 2018.

"Commission told Legislature must fix rural criminal defense problems," by Cy Ryan, Nevada Appeal, August 20, 2018.

"Editorial: Representation at bail hearings should be just the start," Laredo Morning Times, August 18, 2018.

"L.A. County hasn't had a public defender in 2 years. It just appointed one," By Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2018.

"Opinion: This is not the bail reform California needs," By Jeff Adachi, Sacramento Bee, August 13, 2018.

"Cleveland PD office faced problems similar to Allegheny County's, but got funding increased," by Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 11, 2018.

"Opinion: When it comes to setting bail, judges can’t predict the future — or ignore the law," By Ralph D. Gants, Boston Globe, August 7, 2018.

"Judges in public defender case skeptical of federal role," by Rebecca Santana, Associated Press, August 6, 2018.

"Opinion: ‘Modern Day Debtors’ Prisons’," by Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara, New York Times, August 6, 2018.

"Head of public defense faces backlash from County after opposing youth jail," by David Kroman, Crosscut, August 3, 2018.

"Commissioners approve increased pay for court-appointed attorneys," by Jerrie Whiteley, Herald Democrat, August 3, 2018.

"Shortage in attorneys impacts Winnebago County Jail population," WREX, August 2, 2018.

"These 20 people are going to help figure out what to do with weed cases in N.J.," by Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ Advance Media, July 30, 2018.

"Time, cost of Nevada death-penalty cases sparks debate," by Michael Scott Davidson, Las Vegas Review-Journal , July 28, 2018.

"Higher case loads bogging down public defenders," by Jesse Horne, WEAU, July 26, 2018.

"As Federal Bail Reform Stalls, States and Cities Act," The Crime Report, July 26, 2018.

"There is no constitutional right to cash money bail, 3rd Circuit rules," By Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, July 9, 2018.

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