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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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"Jay Z: For Father's Day, I'm Taking On the Exploitative Bail Industry," by Shawn Carter, TIME, June 16, 2017.

"Commentary: Ending the cash-bail system is a promising step," by Charles Straight and Otis Moss III, Chicago Tribune, June 15, 2017.

"Blessed are the Poor: Examining opposition to debtors-prison legislation," Grits For Breakfast Blog, June 14, 2017.

"Opinion: Public Defenders: Setting The Record Straight About Our Immigration Clients," by Justine Olderman, Lisa Schreibersdorf, and Adriene Holder, HuffPost, June 13, 2017.

"The Man Who Spent 35 Years in Prison Without a Trial," by Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project, June 12, 2017.

"Opinion: Ignoring those who cannot pay: Addressing inadequate defense for indigent defendants," by Avery Livingston,, June 12, 2017.

"Fee for People Who Need a Public Defender Scrapped," City News Service, NBC Los Angeles, June 8, 2017.

"U.S. Supreme Court justice denies Harris County request in bail case," by Mihir Zaveri and Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, June 7, 2017.

"L.A. County might stop charging needy defendants a $50 fee," by Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2017.

"Defenders of poor working without pay as lawmakers debate," by Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press, June 4, 2017.

"ACLU files lawsuit against a South Carolina county for allegedly imprisoning people who can't afford to pay minor fines," by Veronika Bondarenko, Business Insider, June 2, 2017.

"Getting Rid of Bail Is Only the Start," by Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times, June 1, 2017.

"Harris County to add public defenders to bail hearings," by Mihir Zaveri, Houston Chronicle, May 23, 2017.

"Justice on the Cheap," by Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project, May 22, 2017.

"West Wing aides brace for big attorney bills," by Darren Samuelsohn, POLITICO, May 20, 2017.

"Will the Virgin Islands finally end the practice of conscripting non-qualified lawyers to represent the indigent accused?," by David Carroll and Phyllis Mann, May 18, 2017.

"Most States Still Deny Juveniles Access to Counsel: Report," by Victoria Mckenzie, The Crime Report, May 18, 2017.

"Commentary: Give Juveniles Their Due," by Prya Murad, The Marshall Project, May 15, 2017.

"Louisiana Can’t Afford to Pay for Public Defenders, So Inmates Are Pleading Guilty," by Jake Scobey-Thal, The Daily Beast, May 12, 2017.

"Systemic Constitutional Violations Can’t Be Fixed by SCOTUS Decision," by Jessica DaSilva, Bloomberg BNA, May 11, 2017.

"Systemic Constitutional Violations Can’t Be Fixed by SCOTUS Decision," by Jessica DaSilva, Criminal Law Reporter, May 10, 2017.

"Podcast: How Does a Public Defender Work?," by Jacob Brogan, Slate, May 8, 2017.

"New York caseload standards announced and their importance to statewide reform explained," by David Carroll, Sixth Amendment Center, May 8, 2017.

"In addition to lawyers, should poor criminal defendants have a right to taxpayer-funded experts?," by Stateside Staff, NPR, May 8, 2017.

"Guest commentary: Texas may offer a model for Missouri’s public defender crisis," by Tim Lynch, The Kansas City Star, May 7, 2017.

"Locked Up for Being Poor," by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, May 5, 2017.

"Letters: Sadow column on defenders missed mark," by Derwyn Bunton, The Advocate, May 5, 2017.

"Editorial: Maine continues to put up roadblocks to justice," Portland Press Herald, May 5, 2017.

"Report: Minorities Feel Sting of Costly CA Traffic Fines and Fees," The Crime Report, May 4, 2017.

"Courts Director Shares Bail Stats, Urges Funding Change," by Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal, May 4, 2017.

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