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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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"Opinion: The Bill of Rights Is Hanging by a Thread," by Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, September 22, 2016.

"Overworked and Underfunded, Public Defenders See Some Light," by Alan Greenblatt, Governing, September 20, 2016.

"Louisiana: not even pretending to provide real indigent defense," by Jarvis DeBerry, The Times-Picayune, September 19, 2016.

"A Formula to Make Bail More Fair," by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, September 16, 2016.

"Missouri public defender director makes case for more funding," by Renee Hickman, Columbia Missourian, September 13, 2016.

"When There’s Only One Public Defender in Town," by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project, September 9, 2016.

"Why Defending the Homeless in Court Is Not Enough," by Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, The Atlantic, September 8, 2016.

"When Real Estate and Tax Lawyers Are Forced to Do a Public Defender’s Job," by Eli Hager, The Marshall Project, September 8, 2016.

"When the Money Runs out for Public Defense, What Happens Next?," by Oliver Laughland, The Marshall Project, September 7, 2016.

"Waller County takes too long to process poor defendants' requests for counsel, report says," by Emily Foxhall, The Houston Chronicle, September 6, 2016.

"The Injustice of Making Kids Pay," by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, September 5, 2016.

"Court Costs Entrap Nonwhite, Poor Juvenile Offenders," by Erik Eckholm, The New York Times, August 31, 2016.

"Messenger: GOP senator sticks up for head of Missouri public defender system," by Tony Messnger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 29, 2016.

"New Yorkers deserve uniform criminal justice services," by Patricia Fahy and John A. DeFrancisco, Albany Times Union, August 28, 2016.

"Penn studies: Defendants who can't make bail are likelier to be jailed now and in the future," by Chris Mondics, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 26, 2016.

"High Praise for Missouri Public Defender Who Appointed Governor to Represent Criminal Defendant," by The Editorial Board, The Connecticut Law Tribune, August 25, 2016.

"Court rules public defender can't appoint Missouri governor as a defense attorney," by Celeste Bott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 25, 2016.

"An Arkansas Judge Sent A Cancer Patient To ‘Debtors’ Prison’ Over A Few Bounced Checks," by Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post, August 24, 2016.

"St. Louis Prosecutor: Public Defenders Have Enough Resources," St. Louis Public Radio, August 23, 2016.

"New York Police Broke Surveillance Rules After 9/11, Inquiry Finds," by Al Baker and Rick Rojas, The New York Times, August 23, 2016.

"Bail Reformers Aren’t Waiting for Bail Reform," by Alysia Santo, The Marshall Project, August 23, 2016.

"Court told money short for Missouri death row inmate defense," by Jim Salter, The Associated Press, August 22, 2016.

"Justice Department Says Poor Can't Be Held When They Can't Afford Bail," by Pete Williams, NBC News, August 19, 2016.

"Cuomo should sign legislation requiring the state to pay for defense lawyers for the poor," by The Editorial Board, The Buffalo News, August 17, 2016.

"Editorial Opinion: Michigan moves slowly to fix shoddy indigent defense," by Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press, August 14, 2016.

"Alexander Bunin Receives Champion of Public Defense Award from Nation's Criminal Defense Bar," NACDL News Release, August 11, 2016.

"Missouri's Top Public Defender Doubles Down On Jay Nixon's Assignment," by Luke X. Martin, KCUR, August 11, 2016.

"These lawyers don’t get paid enough; at least pay them on time," by The Editorial Board, The Boston Globe, August 8, 2016.

"How A Harmless Pot Grower Gets 15 Years As A 'Career Offender'," by Jacob Sullum, Forbes, August 4, 2016.

"Editorial: Governor should rise for the defense of indigent clients," by The Editorial Board, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 4, 2016.

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