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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 Orleans' Great Bail Reform Experiment," by Aviva Shen, The Atlantic, October 19, 2017.

"Missouri Supreme Court rules on public defender caseloads," Associated Press, October 19, 2017.

"KC public defenders say high caseloads mean losing their licenses, going to jail, or quitting," by Ian Cummings, Kansas City Star, October 19, 2017.

"America Is Waking Up to the Injustice of Cash Bail," by Bryce Covert, The Nation, October 19, 2017.

"Gov. Martinez calls for repeal of #bail reform amendment," by Dan Mckay and Maggie Shepard, Albuquerque Journal, October 17, 2017.

"Opinion: Ending Cash-Register Justice," New York Times, October 17, 2017.

"Administration Calls Out Errors in Phila. Controller's Report on Cutting Cash Bail," by P.J. D'Annunzio, Legal Intelligencer, October 17, 2017.

"Rally Decries Atlanta Judges' Alleged Push to Boot Public Defender," by Greg Land, Daily Report, October 13, 2017.

"Man’s bail goes from $1,500 to $350,000 — how judges differ on what’s reasonable," by Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 13, 2017.

"Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina's Poor Go to Jail," by Timothy Williams, New York Times, October 12, 2017.

"Supreme Court denies petition for help from public defenders," by Morgan Lee, Associated Press, October 11, 2017.

"Too poor to make bail: Alabama forced to reform 'two-tiered' jail system," by Anna Claire Vollers,, October 11, 2017.

"'Constitutional' Podcast: The history of our right to a fair trial ," by Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post, October 9, 2017.

"Many Missouri Public Defenders Decline New Cases After State Supreme Court Disciplines Lawyer," by Dan Margolies, St. Louis Public Radio, October 6, 2017.

"Reversal by Appeals Court Highlights Right to Choose Counsel," by Katheryn Hayes Tucker,, October 5, 2017.

"Tennessee Supreme Court Recommends Boost In Legal Aid To The Poor," by Chas Sisk, WPLN, October 3, 2017.

"5th Circuit court will weigh Harris County's cash-bail system," by Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, October 2, 2017.

"Court Says Pregnancy Not Overriding Factor in Bail Determination," by Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal, September 29, 2017.

"Lawsuit: Poor defendants left to represent themselves after judge takes away lawyers," by Monique O. Madan, Miami Herald, September 28, 2017.

"DAs from around state seek pretrial detention rule changes," by Ryan Boetel, Albuquerque Journal, September 28, 2017.

"A great system of justice — for some," by Michael Barrett, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 27, 2017.

"Opinion: Maryland’s Bail Reform Is a Warning for Would-Be Moralizers," by Walter Olson, Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2017.

"How 2 state legislatures are quietly making America a better place," by Dylan Matthews, Vox, September 22, 2017.

"Editorial: Life in prison? Interrogation without a lawyer? Kids aren't little adults. Stop treating them that way," Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2017.

"Utah Bail-Reform Move Going Ahead Despite Lawmaker Concerns," by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press, September 21, 2017.

"Opponents of Christie's bail overhaul lose another round in court," by S.P. Sullivan,, September 21, 2017.

"St. Louis Public Radio: A trial, but not a speedy one: St. Louis inmates wait in jail four times longer than in the county," by Durrie Bouscaren, St. Louis Public Radio, September 20, 2017.

"Bail disparities across the US reflect inequality: 'It is the poor people who suffer' ," by Matt Krupnick, The Guardian, September 20, 2017.

"Justice Delayed: 10 Years in Jail, but Still Awaiting Trial," by Serge F. Kovaleski, New York Times, September 19, 2017.

"New Mexico Public Defenders Seek More Funds, Reforms ," Associated Press, September 12, 2017.

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