Indigent Defense News

Indigent Defense News

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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"Orleans Public Defender stages 'Second Line for Equal Justice'," by Jed Lipinski, The Times-Picayune, October 22, 2016.

"With its members selected, the Indigent Defense Commission will start working on Utah’s public defender problems," by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, October 20, 2016.

"Dean's Desk: The United States needs a defender general," by Andrea D. Lyon, The Indiana Lawyer, October 19, 2016.

"Our Views: Still a crisis brewing in indigent criminal defense," by Advocate Editorial, The Advocate, October 19, 2016.

"Jailed 96 Days on Bogus Charge: It Is No One's Fault?," by Jeff Amy, Associated Press, October 19, 2016.

"Assistant public defender David Phillips: One misdemeanor charge can mess up your life," Tulsa World, October 19, 2016.

"Don't attack lawyers who defend criminals: Column," by Barry J. Pollack, USA TODAY, October 12, 2016.

"Bent on Bail," Injustice Watch, October 14, 2016.

"Pennsylvania’s Shame," by Lara Bazelon, Slate, October 12, 2016.

"Md. attorney general’s office raises constitutionality questions about state’s cash bail system," by Ovetta Wiggins, The Washington Post, October 11, 2016.

"Why ‘Public Defender’ Has Become an Oxymoron," by David A. Love, The Philadelphia Citizen, October 10, 2016.

"In Court Ruling on Indigent Defense, Conflict Counsel See New Leverage," by Max Mitchell, The Legal Intelligencer, October 6, 2016.

"Contributor: The rich bail out and the poor get prison," by Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, The Hill, October 5, 2016.

"Some Louisiana indigent defendants get lawyers who can't be much help," by The Editorial Board, The Times-Picayune, October 2, 2016.

"Defense attorneys: Prosecutors angle to boost bonds, keeping poor people in jail," by Zack Peterson, Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 1, 2016.

"Court rules county public defender’s office case can move to trial," by Bill Wellock, The Citizens' Voice, September 29, 2016.

"Public Defender Says Prosecutor Denied Him Access to Ahmad Rahami," by Benjamin Weiser and Eli Rosenberg, The New York Times, September 23, 2016.

"Opinion: The Bill of Rights Is Hanging by a Thread," by Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, September 22, 2016.

"Overworked and Underfunded, Public Defenders See Some Light," by Alan Greenblatt, Governing, September 20, 2016.

"Louisiana: not even pretending to provide real indigent defense," by Jarvis DeBerry, The Times-Picayune, September 19, 2016.

"A Formula to Make Bail More Fair," by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, September 16, 2016.

"Missouri public defender director makes case for more funding," by Renee Hickman, Columbia Missourian, September 13, 2016.

"When There’s Only One Public Defender in Town," by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project, September 9, 2016.

"Why Defending the Homeless in Court Is Not Enough," by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, The Atlantic, September 8, 2016.

"When Real Estate and Tax Lawyers Are Forced to Do a Public Defender’s Job," by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project, September 8, 2016.

"When the Money Runs out for Public Defense, What Happens Next?," by Oliver Laughland, The Marshall Project, September 7, 2016.

"Waller County takes too long to process poor defendants' requests for counsel, report says," by Emily Foxhall, The Houston Chronicle, September 6, 2016.

"The Injustice of Making Kids Pay," by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, September 5, 2016.

"Court Costs Entrap Nonwhite, Poor Juvenile Offenders," by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times, August 31, 2016.

"Penn studies: Defendants who can't make bail are likelier to be jailed now and in the future," by Chris Mondics, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 26, 2016.

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