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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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"New Mexico public defender, courts seek emergency cash," Associated Press, May 21, 2015.

"Piling on Criminal Fees," by Ronald Wright and Wayne A. Logan, Huffington Post, May 20, 2015.

"Yes, the justice system is bloated. But these 2 areas are still tragically underfunded.," by Stephen Lurie, The Week, May 14, 2015.

"A New Conservative Approach to Justice: Serve the Poor," by Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project, May 12, 2015.

"Georgia Settles Case Alleging Assembly-Line Justice For Children," by Carrie Johnson, NPR, May 2, 2015.

"For kids accused of crime, a risk of unskilled lawyers," by Maya Lau, The Shreveport Times, April 12, 2015.

"Delaware bill would revamp Public Defender's Office," by Jessica Masuli Reyes, The New Journal, April 7, 2015.

"Idaho Lawmakers Try to Trim Public Defender Workload," by Ryan Struyk, Associated Press, April 6, 2015.

"A Courtroom Divided," by Andrew Cohen and Clare Sestanovich, The Marshall Project, March 30, 2015.

"New Report Confronts Lack of Lawyers at Bail Hearings," by Marcia Coyle, National Law Journal, March 18, 2015.

"Judge Approves Criminal Defense Settlement ," by Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal, March 18, 2015.

"DOJ Weighs In on Public Defender Suit," by R. Robin McDonald, Daily Report, March 17, 2015.

"10 judicial districts expected to run out of money to pay public defenders by June," by Scott Rogers, The News-Star (Louisiana), March 16, 2015.

"Proposal to change indigent defense provisions abandoned," by Carrie Teegardin, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, March 2, 2015.

"Latest Phila. Conflict Counsel Oversight Bill Becomes Law," by P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, February 20, 2015.

"The right to counsel must be protected and expanded," by Lauren Carasik, Al Jazeera America, February 13, 2015.

"Jails Have Become Warehouses for the Poor, Ill and Addicted, a Report Says," by Timothy Williams, The New York Times, February 11, 2015.

"Can Baton Rouge afford new public safety buildings while DA, public defender struggles to make payroll?," by Emily Lane, New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 11, 2015.

"State-paid appellate public defenders are making $16K a year less than state-paid appellate prosecutors," by Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review, February 10, 2015.

"Panel tries to ease load of public defenders," Associated Press, February 9, 2015.

"Revenue Dilemma at Heart of Rising Offender Fees," by M. Scott Carter, Oklahoma Watch, February 8, 2015.

"New Legislation Over Conflict Counsel Contracts Passed by Phila. City Council," by P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, February 6, 2015.

"Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe," by Josepha Shapiro, NPR, January 29, 2015.

"Nutter opposes Council bill restricting who can represent the poor," by Jenny DeHuff, The Philadelphia Daily News, January 29, 2015.

"Detention of Public Defender 'Unconscionable;' Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar Stands With San Francisco Public Defenders," NACDL News Release, January 29, 2015.

"Arkansas public defenders stretched thin," by David Koon, Arkansas Times, January 29, 2015.

"ACLU files lawsuit in Georgia against private probation company, which also operates in Alabama, for arresting the poor," by Kent Faulk,, January 29, 2015.

"Utah Court Strips Criminal of Right to Counsel, and Some Lawyers Object," by Jack Healy, The New York Times, January 28, 2015.

"Indigent defendants who hire attorneys not entitled to public resources, Utah Supreme Court says," by Stephen Hunt, The Salt Lake Tribune, January 28, 2015.

"City Broadens Its Evaluation of Indigent Criminal Defense," by Andrew Keshner, New York Law Journal, January 28, 2015.

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