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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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"New Documentary Examines Public Defender System In Indiana," WBIW (Indiana), August 16, 2017.

"Misdemeanor Defendants Facing Jail Time Not Told They Have a Right to Counsel, Bar Association Finds ," by Topher Sanders, ProPublica, August 14, 2017.

"ABA House supports money bail system reform, ban on solitary confinement for juveniles," by Debra Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal, August 14, 2017.

"Justice for All? Part Two: Inadequate Representation Leads To Conviction? ," by Barbara Brosher, WTIU/WFIU, August 11, 2017.

"Indigent Criminal Defendants Suffer the Most From Current System's Issues," Samuel C. Stretton, Legal Intelligencer, August 10, 2017.

"Opinion: Who Needs The Presumption Of Innocence, Anyway?," by Toni Messina, Above the Law, August 7, 2017.

"Bail bond industry mounts another attack on N.J. reforms," by Nicholas Pugliese, NorthJersey.com, August 7, 2017.

"Will Trials Ever Return?," by Amanda Farahany, Daily Report, August 7, 2017.

"May the Government Communicate With a Represented Client?," by Joel Cohen, New York Law Journal, August 7, 2017.

"U.S. Citizen Who Was Held By ICE For 3 Years Denied Compensation By Appeals Court," by Camila Domonoske, NPR, August 1, 2017.

"No Live Witness Guarantee at Bail Hearings, High Court Says," by Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal, August 1, 2017.

"New Mexico Supreme Court Sued Over Pre-Trial Detention Rules," Associated Press, July 28, 2017.

"Justice For All?," by Barbara Brosher, WTIU/WFIU, July 28, 2017.

"Opinion: With money bail, system continues to criminalize poverty," by Miriam Aroni Krinsky and Christian Gossett, USA Today, July 27, 2017.

"New Mexico Supreme Court weighs action on defender workload," by Morgan Lee, Associated Press, July 26, 2017.

"New Jersey eliminates most cash bail, leads nation in reforms," by Megan Thompson and Mori Rothman, PBS NewsHour, July 22, 2017.

"Opinion: To Shrink Jails, Let’s Reform Bail," by Kamal D. Harris and Rand Paul, July 20, 2017.

"Editorial: Bail rules merit review," Albany Times Union, July 18, 2017.

"NJ Jail Population Down Almost One-Fifth After Bail Overhaul," by Christian Hetrick, Observer, July 17, 2017.

"Evans unveils ‘significant’ step to get nonviolent people out of jail," by Mitch Dudek, Chicago Sun-Times, July 17, 2017.

"Attorney representing Utah death row inmates says he’s not being paid adequately — and he’s not the first to raise concerns," by Jessica Miller, Salt Lake Tribune, July 16, 2017.

"Judge Explains How Plea Bargains Resemble Tattoos," by Katheryn Hayes Tucker, Daily Report, July 14, 2017.

"Longtime Leader of Public Defense Group Reflects on Struggles to Improve Defendants' Rights," by Rebecca Baker, New York Law Journal, July 13, 2017.

"Episode 783: New Jersey Bails Out," by Keith Romer and Joel Rose, Planet Money, July 12, 2017.

"Missouri Inmate Argues Public Defenders Let Him Down, And The Court Will Listen," by Jeremy Bernfeld, KCUR, July 11, 2017.

"Baker signs bill to compensate lawyers for the poor," by Maria Cramer, Boston Globe, July 11, 2017.

"In New Jersey, Sweeping Reforms Deliver Existential Threat To Bail Bonds Industry," All Things Considered, NPR, July 6, 2017.

"Opinion: Conservatives Have a Stake in Bail Reform ," by Marc A. Levin, National Review, July 6, 2017.

"Jury still out on Maryland’s new bail rules," by Ovetta Wiggins, The Washington Post, July 5, 2017.

"A Replacement for Overworked Public Defenders?," by Maura Ewing, The Atlantic, July 5, 2017.

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