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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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"What's happening in Harris County now that the sheriff issues bail bonds?," by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune, November 29, 2017.

"Task force researches improving Indiana’s public defender system," by Olivia Covington, Indiana Lawyer, December 13, 2017.

"Opinion: Criminal justice reform in Louisiana remains incomplete," by Myesha Braden, The Hill, December 11, 2017.

"Public defenders nationwide say they’re overworked and underfunded," by Phil McCausland, NBC News, December 11, 2017.

"Opinion: Nevada’s Gideon Problem," by Margaret L. Carter and David A. Lash, Above The Law, December 8, 2017.

"Nashville’s Prosecutor and Public Defender Don’t See Eye To Eye On Cash Bail Policies," by Julieta Martinelli, Nashville Public Radio, December 7, 2017.

"Judge Targeted for Jailing People Who Can't Afford Fines," by Jeff Amy, AP, December 6, 2017.

"“A multibillion-dollar toll”: how cash bail hits poor people of color the hardest," by P.R. Lockhart, Vox, December 6, 2017.

"Baltimore judges misinterpret new rule to mean no bail — ever," by Meghan Ellis and John Sebastian, Baltimore Sun, December 5, 2017.

"North Carolina Law Makes It Harder For Judges To Waive Fees And Fines," by NPR, December 4, 2017.

"Why New York City Created Its Own Fund to Bail People Out of Jail," by Teresa Mathew, CityLab, December 1, 2017.

"Indigent Ordinance Violator Jailed 72 Days for Holding a 'Please Help' Sign," by R. Robin McDonald, Daily Report, December 1, 2017.

"Opinion: An American Held as an ISIS Suspect Deserves a Prompt Hearing," by Stephen I. Vladeck, New York Times, November 30, 2017.

"No Mercy for Judges Who Show Mercy," by Joseph Neff, November 29, 2017.

"Ruling: Immigrants' bail can't be denied based on detainers," by Roxana Hegeman, AP, November 28, 2017.

"Opinion: Time for a national fund that chips away at money bail and stops criminalizing poverty," by Robin Steinberg, USA Today, November 28, 2017.

"Where the Poor Face the Death Penalty Without a Lawyer," by Eli Hager, Marshall Project, November 28, 2017.

"Public defenders in Missouri say caseloads have them overworked, and discipline has some scared," by Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 27, 2017.

"Opinion: Don’t let judges hijack California bail reform," by Jeff Adachi, Sacramento Bee, November 27, 2017.

"The Bail Project coming to Tulsa in nationwide initiative to help low-income defendants," by Samantha Vicent, Tulsa World, November 24, 2017.

"Sally Yates joins prosecutors in bail battle," by Lydia Wheeler, The Hill, November 21, 2017.

"Public Defenders Fight Back Against Budget Cuts, Growing Caseloads," by Teresa Wiltz, PEW Charitable Trusts, November 21, 2017.

"Counties submit plans to adopt new public defender standards," by Tyler Scott, Michigan Radio, November 20, 2017.

"You Can Now Mine Cryptocurrency to Bail People Out of Jail," by Jordan Pearson, Motherboard, November 15, 2017.

"Opinion: Assisting the Poor to Make Bail Helps Everyone," by Tina Rosenberg, New York Times, November 15, 2017.

"New Orleans man locked up nearly 8 years awaiting trial, then drug case gets tossed," by Matt Sledge, The Advocate, November 14, 2017.

"To get lawyers to represent poor, rural clients lawmakers want state to cover their student loans," by Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 14, 2017.

"Louisiana's public defenders face financial burden with new juvenile prisoner law," by Julia O'Donoghue, Times-Picayune, November 14, 2017.

"He thought he had a free court-appointed lawyer. Then he got a bill for $10,000," by Shannon Najmabadi, Texas Tribune, November 14, 2017.

"More Defenders Get Access to 'Bad Cops' Database," by Robert Lewis, WNYC, November 9, 2017.

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