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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"Our view: When budget cuts meet the constitution," by The Editorial Board, The Santa Fe New Mexican, November 30, 2016.

"Judge finds cash-strapped chief public defender in contempt," by Phaedra Haywood, Santa Fe New Mexican, November 30, 2016.

"The Crucial Immigration Case About to Hit the Supreme Court," by Christie Thompson, The Marshall Project, November 29, 2016.

"N.Y. Catholic bishops call for state to fund legal aid services," by Kenneth Lovett, New York Daily News, November 28, 2016.

"Cuomo Urged to Approve Bill for Defense of Indigent," by Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal, November 28, 2016.

"New Orleans Public Defender Turns Away Felony Cases," by Mark Hertsgaard, The Daily Beast, November 25, 2016.

"New Orleans works to free people who are in jail because they can't pay bond," by The Editorial Board, The Times-Picayune, November 18, 2016.

"Trial or deal? Some driven to plead guilty, later exonerated," by Alanna Durkin Richer and Curt Anderson, Associated Press, November 15, 2016.

"New Orleans City Council hints toward more public defender funding, at DA's expense," by Greg LaRose, The Times-Picayune, November 15, 2016.

"For specialists, the poor’s legal cases can be cash cows," by Sacha Pfeiffer, The Boston Globe, November 15, 2016.

"Waller County indigent defense unchanged," by Emily Foxhall, Houston Chronicle, November 14, 2016.

"Report: Juveniles Lack Legal Advice; Often Urged To Plead Guilty," by Carrie Johnson, NPR, November 14, 2016.

"Poverty shouldn’t be a crime," by Editorial Board, The Washington Post, November 12, 2016.

"Opinion: Give lawyers a tax incentive to take on indigent defendants," by handra Bozelko and Jaime Lathrop, New Orleans Times-Picayune, November 10, 2016.

"Marijuana wins big on election night," by Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post, November 8, 2016.

"Federal judge dismisses one of two lawsuits that targeted inadequacies of Utah’s public defender system," by Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, November 8, 2016.

"Eric Holder Wants to End Bail as We Know It," by George Joseph, CityLab, November 8, 2016.

"Opinion: Reform Maryland’s cash-bail practices," by Cherise Fanno Burdeen and Marc Schindler, The Washington Post, November 4, 2016.

"Judge sides with Gov. Nixon in lawsuit over funding public defenders," Associated Press, November 4, 2016.

"Opinion: Right to counsel a fundamental constitutional right," by Daniel Horwitz, The Tennessean, November 4, 2016.

"Pa. high court ruling buoys overburdened public defenders," by Colt Shaw, The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 3, 2016.

"Office of Public Defender hopes to save $2 million by hiring 62 new modified attorneys," by Ashley Nerbovig, Billings Gazette, November 2, 2016.

"New report critical of Indiana’s indigent defense," by Dave Stafford, The Indiana Lawyer, November 2, 2016.

"SF City Attorney Calls State’s Bail System ‘Unconstitutional’," CBS SF Bay Area, November 1, 2016.

"New Mexico vote: Should people be stuck in jail because they’re poor?," by Jeff Proctor and Andrew Becker, Reveal, October 29, 2016.

"And justice for some," by Jeff Proctor and Andrew Becker, Reveal, October 29, 2016.

"Jailed without trial," by Mollie Bryant, The Clarion-Ledger, October 29, 2016.

"Maryland is jailing people for poverty," by Editorial Board, The Washington Post, October 28, 2016.

"This woman was falsely charged with a drug crime. She spent three months in jail anyway.," by Kristine Guerra, The Washington Post, October 26, 2016.

"Law Enforcement and the Bar: Vigorously Monitor Bail Rules," by New Jersey Law Journal Editorial Board, New Jersey Law Journal, October 24, 2016.

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