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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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"For Public Defenders in New Orleans, Getting Justice Means Waiting… and Waiting," by Katy Reckdahl, Next City, August 27, 2014.

"Louisiana Public Defender Board pulled funds for local death penalty cases after unsuccessful trials," by Sara Machi, KTBS, August 26, 2014.

"George F. Will: Is the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 a failure?," by George F. Will, The Washington Post, August 22, 2014.

"254 Ways To Defend Poor People In Texas," by Callie Enlow, San Antonio Current, August 6, 2014.

"Department of Justice Funds Conflict Counsel Study in Phila.," by P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer, August 1, 2014.

"ABA Study of Missouri Public Defenders Details "Crushing" Workloads," by Greg Land, Daily Report, July 31, 2014.

"Md. cut back on funding criminal defense for poor," Associated Press, July 25, 2014.

"In Waco, Checking on Defendants' Claims of Poverty," by Gilad Edelman, Texas Tribune, July 22, 2014.

"A shortage of indigent defenders may mean problems for the court system in the future," by Jeremy Pierre, KNOE, July 22, 2014.

"States Spend Less on Legal Defense for the Poor," by Joe Palazzolo, Wall Street Journal , July 17, 2014.

"Public defender may stop handling cases in municipal courts," by Kirk Brown, Anderson Independent Mail, July 7, 2014.

"N.Y. should defend the defenseless," by Corey Stoughton, Albany Times Union, July 1, 2014.

"NYCLU: Settlement reached with Ontario County over poor or indigent defendants," Associated Press, June 26, 2014.

"NYC funds public defender system for immigrants," by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press, June 26, 2014.

"Don't skimp on indigent defenders," San Antonia Express-News, June 20, 2014.

"Michigan's High Court Limits The Fees Billed To Defendants," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, June 18, 2014.

"Court Says Public Defenders Should Pay Expert Witness Costs ," Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune, June 13, 2014.

"Hundreds jailed in Pa. for failing to pay court fines for truancy," by Maryclaire Dale, The Associated Press, June 11, 2014.

"Court: Taxpayers must pay for defense in Yale University doctor's murder case," by Dave Collins, The Associated Press, June 10, 2014.

"NJ bail reform: Our chance to fix a broken system (Opinion)," by Paul DeWolfe, The Star-Ledger, June 4, 2014.

"Facing Doubts About Court Fines, Lawmakers Take Questions To Heart," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, June 4, 2014.

"Indigent and need a lawyer? It may cost you the Fourth Amendment," by Radley Balko, The Washington Post, June 3, 2014.

"Why Your Right To A Public Defender May Come With A Fee," by Samantha Sunne, NPR, May 29, 2014.

"Public Defender System for Immigrants Facing Deportation Would Pay for Itself, Study Says," by Kir Semple, The New York Times, May 29, 2014.

"Measures Aimed At Keeping People Out Of Jail Punish The Poor," by Joseph Shapiro, May 24, 2014.

"Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors Prisons," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, May 21, 2014.

"Court Fees Drive Many Poor Defendants Underground," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, May 21, 2014.

"Editorial: Pay Up or Go to Jail," The New York Times, May 20, 2014.

"Big Fees For The Big Easy's Poorest Defendants," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, May 20, 2014.

"As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price," by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, May 19, 2014.

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