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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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"Opinion: Justice Springs Eternal," by James Forman, The New York Times, March 25, 2017.

"Should Prosecutors Chastise Those They Don’t Charge?," by Benjamin Weiser, March 24, 2017.

"Bail System Unfair, Former White House Counsel Says," by Jessica DaSilva, Criminal Law Reporter, March 22, 2017.

"Bail Reform Rules Get Further Clarification From Appeals Court," by David Gialanella, New Jersey Law Journal, March 21, 2017.

"Lawsuit: Bossier Parish Routinely Violates Rights of Poor," by Chevel Johnson, Associated Press, March 21, 2017.

"Private attorneys pledge to take on some cases from overworked St. Louis public defenders ," by Celeste Bott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 20, 2017.

"What Will Happen to Americans Who Can't Afford an Attorney?," by Matt Ford, The Atlantic, March 19, 2017.

"Judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit aimed at boosting Louisiana's indigent defense funding," by Rebecca Campbell, Louisiana Record, March 19, 2017.

"New Report Reveals Urgent Need to Educate Americans on Right to Counsel," by Natasha Abel, American University School of Public Affairs, March 16, 2017.

"Harris County to place public defenders at bail hearings," by Mihir Zaveri, Houston Chronicle, March 14, 2017.

"A ‘Constitutional Crisis’ in Missouri," by Matt Ford, The Atlantic, March 14, 2017.

"Missouri's Underfunded Public Defender Office Forces the Poor to Languish in Jail," by Jordan Smith, The Intercept, March 13, 2017.

"American terrorism suspect held in Iraq was denied access to a lawyer, his attorneys say," by Rachel Weiner, The Washington Post, March 13, 2017.

"Editorial: Missouri’s public-defender problems a failure of leadership," The Kansas City Star, March 12, 2017.

"Editorial - Defending the indigent: All it takes is money," by Henry J. Waters III, Columbia Daily Tribune, March 11, 2017.

"Trial court had no statutory authority to impose second public defender fee," by Olivia Covington, The Indiana Lawyer, March 10, 2017.

"Public Defenders Hard To Come By In Louisiana," by Debbie Elliott, NPR, March 10, 2017.

"Get caught with pot, don’t go to jail: Why not everyone is happy," by Rachel Weiner, The Washington Post, March 10, 2017.

"Software results in mistaken arrests, jail time? No fix needed, says judge," by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, March 10, 2017.

"Missouri’s Public Defenders are so Overwhelmed it’s a ‘Constitutional Crisis’," by C.J. Ciaramella, Reason, March 9, 2017.

"In Fight Over Bail’s Fairness, a Sheriff Joins the Critics," by Michael Hardy, The New York Times, March 9, 2017.

"Nevada Chief Justice: 'We must do better at providing representation to rural defendants.'," by David Carroll, Sixth Amendment Center, March 8, 2017.

"Federal fight over Harris County bail system heats up in court," by Gabrielle Banks and Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle, March 6, 2017.

"Nevada Judge Who Handcuffed A Public Defender Now Banned From Ever Having The Job Again," by Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post, March 1, 2017.

"Harris County eyes public defenders at bail hearings," by Mihir Zaveri, Houston Chronicle, February 28, 2017.

"Collin County targets attorney pay for indigent defendants, citing costs out of their control," by Valerie Wigglesworth, Dallas News, February 28, 2017.

"Missouri's top public defender to lawmakers: fund us, or accept cuts," by Celeste Bott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 27, 2017.

"Reader View: Fully fund public defense — or violate Constitution," by Barry J. Pollack, Santa Fe New Mexican, February 27, 2017.

"Eleventh Circuit Questions Calhoun's Challenge of Injunction on Indigent Bail," by R. Robin McDonald, Daily Report, February 23, 2017.

"Report: Louisiana needs 1,400 more public defenders to handle criminal case loads," WGNO, February 21, 2017.

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