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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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"One Lawyer's Campaign To Improve Legal Defense For Indigent," by Simon McCormack, The Huffington Post, April 14, 2014.

"Lawyers for poor defendants would be funded by measure that advances in Pennsylvania Senate," by Marc Levy, Associated Press, April 8, 2014.

"Georgia governor allocates $4 million for conflict-free legal representation for the poor," by Kate Brumbak, The Associated Press, April 8, 2014.

"Montco public defenders push expungement of juvenile records," by Carolyn Davis, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 7, 2014.

"Editorial: No way to treat New York’s poor," Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, April 3, 2014.

"Senate Hearing Eyes State Role in Training of Pa. Defenders," by P.J. D'Annuzio, The Legal Intelligencer, April 2, 2014.

"Bill would bolster training for indigent defense lawyers," by Mary Wilson, WITF, April 1, 2014.

"Pa. Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on bill to establish center to aid indigent criminal defendants," by Jon Campisi, The Pennsylvania Legal Journal, March 31, 2014.

"Federal Judiciary Plans to Hire Staff, Public Defenders," by Todd Ruger, Legal Times, March 26, 2014.

"Watchdog: State raids legal funds for poor," by Gary Craig, The Democrat and Chronicle, March 25, 2014.

"Redefining Indigence: Comprehensive National Report Reveals How States Decide Who is 'Too Poor' to Hire a Lawyer," NACDL News Release, March 18, 2014.

"Measure to have state take over indigent defense gathers steam," by Martha Ellen, The Watertown Daily Times, March 19, 2014.

"How Poor Is 'Too Poor' to Hire a Lawyer?," The Crime Report, March 19, 2014.

"Panel: In need of more legal aid," by Sean Beherec, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 18, 2014.

"Editorial: Justice delayed," The Baltimore Sun, March 13, 2014.

"Federal Defenders Set to Fill Jobs Lost Under Sequestration," by Zoe Tillman, The Blog of Legal Times, March 11, 2014.

"Albany faulted on legal aid funding," by Paul Mrozek, The Daily News (Western NY), March 10, 2014.

"New York program gets public defenders for immigrants," by Cindy Chang, The Los Angeles Times, March 9, 2014.

"Editorial: A better way for indigent defense here," The San Antonio News-Express, March 7, 2014.

"Legislature Seen Likely to Boost Budget for Public Defenders," by Kathleen Baydala Joyner, The Daily Report, March 4, 2014.

"Idaho House panel backs bill on public defenders, ACLU says legislation falls short," by Katie Terhune, The Associated Press, March 3, 2014.

"What Does the Supreme Court Really Think About the Right to Counsel?," by Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic, February 27, 2014.

"Editorial: Better Lawyering for the Poor," The New York Times, February 26, 2014.

"County addressing understaffed public defender's office," by Julie Blum, The Columbus Telegram (Nebraska), February 26, 2014.

"City Council Approves Conflict Counsel Bills," by P. J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, February 21, 2014.

"Public defender system could change in Idaho," by Jason Suder, Teton Valley News, February 20, 2014.

"Public defense supervisor named for Mount Vernon, Burlington," The Seattle Times, February 19, 2014.

"Bail reform proposals could hurt poor defendants, state argues," by Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun, February 19, 2014.

"Albany public defenders to start overnight shifts," by Alysia Santo, The Albany Times Union, February 19, 2014.

"Study: Delaware legal defense of poor risks lawsuit," by Sean O'Sullivan, The News Journal (Delaware), February 18, 2014.

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