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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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"You're Arrested. What Happens If You Can't Afford A Lawyer?," By Jan Ross Piedad, Texas Public Radio, November 26, 2018.

"Restructuring Federal Criminal Defense," by Orin Kerr, Reason, November 21, 2018.

"SCOTUS Declines to Hear Challenge to New Jersey Bail Reform Law," by Charles Toutant, New Jersey Law Journal, October 30, 2018.

"Defense lawyers group calls for Milwaukee County judge to admit error, apologize or resign over jailed lawyer," by Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 30, 2018.

"Milwaukee County judge under fire for detaining defense lawyer, who wound up shackled," by Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 29, 2018.

"I want my lawyer?," WHYY, October 25, 2018.

"A Look At Public Defender Pay In Wisconsin," by Chris Malina, WPR, October 11, 2018.

"Philly program teaches defendants how to help themselves," by Annette John-Hall, WITF, October 5, 2018.

"Interactive map: a county-by-county look at spending on public defense in Pa.," WITF, October 5, 2018.

"Decades after landmark lawsuit, caseload concerns continue in Allegheny County’s public defender office," by An-Li Herring, WESA, October 3, 2018.

"Pa.’s unequal public defender system," WHYY, October 2, 2018.

"Despite outlier status, Pa. lawmakers don’t make public defense a priority," by Katie Meyer, WITF, October 2, 2018.

"Wrongful murder conviction points to problems with public defense in Pa. — only state without central funding, oversight," by Emily Previti, WITFLindsay Lazarski, WHYY, October 1, 2018.

"Indiana Public Defender Commission pushing for reforms to improve public defense resources," by Tori Fater, Evansville Courier & Press, September 28, 2018.

"Indiana Public Defense Commission Wants Major Reforms," By Barbara Brosher, WFIU, September 26, 2018.

"Public Defender Commission announces legislative priorities," by Olivia Covington, Indiana Lawyer, September 26, 2018.

"Editorial: Finally, representation at bail hearings for the poor," San Antonio Express-News, September 21, 2018.

"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.

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

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

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

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

"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.

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