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2017 News Stories
KC public defenders say high caseloads mean losing their licenses, going to jail, or quitting, by Ian Cummings, Kansas City Star, October 19, 2017
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
America Is Waking Up to the Injustice of Cash Bail, by Bryce Covert, The Nation, October 19, 2017
Editorial: Ending Cash-Register Justice, New York Times, October 17, 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
Rally Decries Atlanta Judges' Alleged Push to Boot Public Defender, by Greg Land, Daily Report, 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 be make bail: Alabama forced to reform 'two-tiered' jail system, by Anna Claire Vollers, AL.com, October 11, 2017
'Constitutional' Podcast: The history of our right to a fair trial, by Lillian Cunningham, The 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, Daily Report, October 5, 2017
Tennessee Supreme Court Recommends Boost In Legal Aid To The Poor, by Chas Sisk, WPLN, October 3, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court won't hear latest challenge to non-unanimous juries in Louisiana, Oregon, by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune, October 2, 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 Q. Madan, Miami Herald, September 28, 2017
DAs from around state seek pretrial detention rule changes, by Ryan Boetel, Albuquerque Journal, September 28, 2017
How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor, by Alysia Santo, POLITICO Magazine and The Marshall Project, September 24, 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
Opinion: Maryland's Bail Reform Is a Warning for Would-Be Moralizers, by Walter Olson, The Wall Street Journal, 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, NJ.com, September 21, 2017
Bail disparities across the US reflect inequality: 'It is the poor people who suffer', by Matt Krupnick, Guardian, September 20, 2017
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
Justice Delayed: 10 Years in Jail, but Still Awaiting Trial, by Serge F. Kovaleski, New York Times, September 19, 2017
When Does the Right to an Attorney Kick In?, by Maura Ewing, The Atlantic, September 15, 2017
New Mexico Public Defenders Seek More Funds, Reforms, Associated Press, September 12, 2017
Is There a Constitutional Right to Cash in on the Poor?, by Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project, September 11, 2017
Editorial: Fixing the unfair bail system is worth the costs, Washington Post, September 9, 2017
Law enforcement leaders back bail reform, by Lydia Wheeler, The Hill, September 8, 2017
New Orleans bail bond companies systematically overcharging, new complaint asserts, by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune, September 7, 2017
What Does an Innocent Man Have to Do to Go Free? Plead Guilty., by Megan Rose, ProPublica, September 7, 2017
One State's Bail Reform Exposes the Promise and Pitfalls of Tech-Driven Justice, by Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, September 5, 2017
This group is putting women at the center of the battle to fix California's bail system, by Jazmine Ulloa, Los Angeles Times, September 4, 2017
Opinion: The weaponization of plea bargain offers, by Albert B. Kelly, NJ.com, September 4, 2017
Criminal Injustice, by Michael Zuckerman, Harvard Magazine, September 2017
Digital Data: What impacts a bail decision?, by Joshua Vaughn, The Sentinel, August 30, 2017
To Shrink Jail Population, a Bail Program Is Expanding, by Ashley Southall, New York Times, August 29, 2017
Minor Judiciary: Bail decisions vary from judge to judge, by Joshua Vaughn, The Sentinel, August 25, 2017
Editorial: Cash Bail's Lonely Defender, New York Times, August 25, 2017
Bail Reforms Disrupt Court Routines Across New Mexico, Associated Press, August 24, 2017
Opinion: Justice Works in America for those who can buy it, by Colin Warner, USA Today, August 23, 2017
Post Bail, by Jon Schuppe, NBC News, August 22, 2017
New Jersey Is Front Line in a National Battle Over Bail, by Alan Feuer, New York Times, August 21, 2017
Misdemeanor Defendants Facing Jail Time Not Told They Have a Right to Counsel, Bar Association Finds, by Topher Sanders, ProPublica, August 14, 2017
Justice for All? Part Two: Inadequate Representation Leads To Conviction, by Barbara Brosher, WTIU/WFIU, August 11, 2017
Indigent Criminal Defendants Suffer the Most From Current System's Issues, by Samuel C. Stretton, The Legal Intelligencer, August 10, 2017
Opinion: Who Needs The Presumption Of Innocence, Anyway?, by Toni Messina, Above the Law, August 7, 2017
Will Trials Ever Return?, by Amanda Farahany, Daily Report, August 7, 2017
U.S. Citizen Who Was Held By ICE For 3 Years Denied Compensation By Appeals Court, by Camila Domonoske, NPR, August 1, 2017
No Life Witness Guarantee at Bail Hearings, High Court Says, by Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal, August 1, 2017
Justice For All?, by Barbara Brosher, WTIU/WFIU, July 31, 2017
New Mexico Supreme Court Sued Over Pre-Trial Detention Rules, Associated Press, July 28, 2017
Opinion: With money bail, system continues to criminalize poverty, by Miriam Aroni Krinsky and Christian Gossett, USA Today, July 27, 2017
New Mexico Supreme Court weighs action on defender workload, by Morgan Lee, AP, July 26, 2017
New Jersey eliminates most cash bail, leads nation in reforms, by Megan Thompson and Mori Rothman, PBS NewsHour, July 22, 2017
Opinion: To Shrink Jails, Let's Reform Bail, by Kamala D. Harris and Rand Paul, New York Times, July 20, 2017
Editorial: Bail rules merit review, Albany Times Union, July 20, 2017
NJ Jail Population Down Almost One-Fifth After Bail Overhaul, by Christian Hetrick, Observer, July 17, 2017
Evan unveils 'significant' step to get nonviolent people out of jail, by Mitch Dudek, Chicago Sun-Times, July 17, 2017
Judge Explains How Plea Bargains Resemble Tattoos, by Katheryn Hayes Tucker, Daily Report, July 17, 2017
Longtime Leader of Public Defense Group Reflects on Struggles to Improve Defendants' Rights, by Rebecca Baker, New York Law Journal, July 13, 2017
Missouri Inmate Argues Public Defenders Let Him Down, And The Court Will Listen, by Jeremy Bernfeld, KCUR, July 12, 2017
Episode 783: New Jersey Bails Out, Keith Romer and Joel Rose, Planet Money, July 12, 2017
Baker signs bill to compensate lawyers for the poor, by Maria Cramer, Boston Globe, July 11, 2017
Opinion: Conservatives Have a Stake in Bail Reform, by Marc A. Levin, National Review, July 6, 2017
A Replacement for Overworked Public Defenders?, by Maura Ewing, The Atlantic, July 5, 2017
Jury still out on Maryland's new bail rules, by Ovetta Wiggins, The Washington Post, July 5, 2017
One Bit of Good News for Immigrants in Detention, by Christie Thompson, The Marshall Project, July 5, 2017
Opinion: The threat Trump poses that gets almost no attention, by Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post, July 3, 2017
The Lawyers Trying to Get Their Clients Sent to Jail, by Sonja Sharp, VICE, July 4, 2017
Need a Lawyer? Trump Wants to Make it Harder if You're Poor, by Max Rivlin-Nadler, VICE, June 30, 2017
Philly court-appointed lawyers get first fee hike in 20 years, by Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philly.com, June 27, 2017
Opinion: San Francisco needs to reform its bail system, by José Cisneros, San Francisco Chronicle, June 27, 2017
Jay Z: For Father's Day, I'm Taking On the Exploitative Bail Industry, by Shawn Carter, TIME, June 16, 2017
Commentary: Ending the cash-bail system is a promising step, by Charles Straight and Otis Moss III, Chicago Tribune, June 15, 2017
Blessed are the Poor: Examining opposition to debtors-prison legislation, Grits For Breakfast Blog, June 14, 2017
Opinion: Public Defenders: Setting The Record Straight About Our Immigration Clients, by Justine Olderman, Lisa Schreibersdorf, and Adriene Holder, HuffPost, June 13, 2017
Report says Tennessee's public defender program needs more money, by Mike Osborne, WMOT, June 13, 2017
The Man Who Spent 35 Years in Prison Without a Trial, by Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project, June 12, 2017
Fee for People Who Need a Public Defender Scrapped, NBC Los Angeles, June 8, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court justice denies Harris County request in bail case, by Mihir Zaveri and Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, June 7, 2017
L.A. County might stop charging needy defendants a $50 fee, by Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2017
Defenders of poor working without pay as lawmakers debate, by Marine Villeneuve, Associated Press, June 4, 2017
ACLU files lawsuit against a South Carolina county for allegedly imprisoning people who can't afford to pay minor fines, by Veronika Bondarenko, Business Insider, June 2, 2017
Getting Rid of Bail Is Only the Start, by Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times, June 1, 2017
Harris County to add public defenders to bail hearings, by Mihir Zaveri, Houston Chronicle, May 23, 2017
Justice on the Cheap, by Andrew Cohen, The Marshall Project, May 22, 2017
Most States Still Deny Juveniles Access to Counsel: Report, by Victoria Mckenzie, The Crime Report, May 18, 2017
Will the Virgin Islands finally end the practice of conscripting non-qualified lawyers to represent the indigent accused?, by David Carroll and Phyllis Mann, Sixth Amendment Center, May 18, 2017
Louisiana Can't Afford to Pay for Public Defenders, So Inmates Are Pleading Guilty, by Jake Scobey-Thal, The Daily Beast, May 12, 2017.
In addition to lawyers, should poor criminal defendants have a right to taxpayer-funded experts?, by Stateside Staff, NPR, May 8, 2017.
New York caseload standards announced and their importance to statewide reform explained, by David Carroll, Sixth Amendment Center, May 8, 2017
Podcast: How Does a Public Defender Work?, by Jacob Brogan, Slate, May 8, 2017.
Letters: Sadow column on defenders missed mark, by Derwyn Bunton, The Advocate, May 8, 2017
Guest commentary: Texas may offer a model for Missouri's public defender crisis, by Tim Lynch, The Kansas City Star, May 7, 2017.
Editorial: Maine continues to put up roadblocks to justice, Portland Press Herald, May 5, 2017
Locked Up for Being Poor, by The Editorial Board, The New York Times, May 5, 2017
Courts Director Shares Bail Stats, Urges Funding Change, by Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal, May 4, 2017
Report: Minorities Feel Sting of Costly CA Traffic Fines and Fees, The Crime Report, May 4, 2017
Class-action status sought for Louisiana indigent defense lawsuit, by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune, May 4, 2017
Country's Lowest Pay Rate for SPD Appointments Equals Constitutional Crisis, by Joe Forward, State Bar of Wisconsin, May 3, 2017
The Instantaneous Injustice of Bail, by Kamil Ahsan, The American Prospect, May 1, 2017.
Judge in Houston Strikes Down Harris County's Bail System, by Eli Rosenberg, New York Times, April 29, 2017.
Public defender lambastes judicial ruling to not fix flawed court software, by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, April 29, 2017.
Idaho High Court Revives Lawsuit Over Faulty Public Defense, by Rebecca Boone, Associated Press, April 28, 2017
Editorial: Unequal funding, unequal justice, The Intelligencer, April 25, 2017.
Do immigrants facing deportation have a right to an attorney?, by Ted Sherman, NJ.com, April 24, 2017.
Blog: We're jailing way more people who've been convicted of exactly nothing, by Keith Humphreys, The Washington Post, April 24, 2017
Column: The price of justice doesn't cover the bills, by Jon Woll, USA TODAY, April 21, 2017
What Price Justice?, by Jo Ciavaglia, The Intelligencer, April 21, 2017.
Opinion: Ample funding for public defenders makes justice work for all, by William L. Downing, The Seattle Times, April 20, 2017.
State takes steps toward public defense reform, by Matthew Hamilton, The Albany Times Union, April 20, 2017.
Opinion: To Reform Indigent Defense, Bring the Market In, by Tim Lynch, National Review, April 19, 2017.
Opinion: Three Reasons Why Virginia May Execute an Innocent Man, by Cara H. Drinan, The Huffington Post, April 13, 2017.
Inside NOLA Public Defenders' Decision to Refuse Felony Cases, 60 Minutes, CBS News, April 16, 2017.
San Francisco Program Aims To Make Fines More Fair For The Poor, by Jeremy Dalmas, All Things Considered, NPR, April 13, 2017.
Report: California Bail System Unfairly Punishes Poor, May Violate Human Rights Law, by Hannah Albarazi, CBS SF Bay, April 11, 2017.
Task force pushes for change in representing the poor, by Jamie Satterfield and Katie Fretland, Nashville Tennessean, April 10, 2017.
ACLU Lawsuit Against MO Public Defender Moved to Federal Court, by Jennifer Moore, NPR, April 7, 2017.
Report examines pretrial detention in New York City, Medical Xpress, April 6, 2017.
Blog: Poor Defendants Should Get to Choose Their Lawyers Too, by Tim Lynch and Adam Bates, CATO Institute, April 6, 2017.
Study shows effect of bail, fines and fees on poor community, by Jennifer Crockett, WDSU News, April 5, 2017.
An Alternative to Paying Court Debt: Working It Off, by Rebecca Beitsch, The Pew Charitable Trusts, April 4, 2017.
Lawyers grapple with changes to bond rules, by Phaedra Haywood, Santa Fe New Mexican, April 3, 2017.
ACLU: Washington Not Ensuring Kids Get Adequate Legal Help, by Gene Johnson, Associated Press, April 3, 2017.
Contributor: Poor New Yorkers Get Lost In The State's Broken Public Defense System, by Simon McCormack, The Huffington Post, March 31, 2017
Luzerne leaders brainstorm with lawmakers on scaring up more funding, by Melanie Mizenko, Times Leader, March 30, 2017
Public defenders take funding battle to Supreme Court, by Phaedra Haywood, Santa Fe New Mexican, March 30, 2017
NJ Justices Mull First Test Case Under New Bail System, by Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal, March 29, 2017
Too many loopholes in Gov's interrogation reform bill, say public defenders, by Jonathan Forrester, The Legislative Gazette, March 29, 2017
Is bail on its deathbed in Maryland? Not if bail bondsmen have a say, by Ovetta Wiggins, The Washington Post, March 29, 2017
Parental rights termination cases leading to case 'overload,' budget shortfall, by Deanna Albrittin, Fox59, March 29, 2017
Public defender: Lack of funding meant trooper killer's case was a 'train wreck heading down the track,' by Curtis Killman, Tulsa World, March 29, 2017
Missouri public defenders could get funding hike, Associated Press, March 29, 2017
Public Defenders Push Strict Laws for Interrogation Footage, by Anna Gronewold, Associated Press, March 27, 2017
Free ‘public defender’s office’ would represent immigrants in deportation proceedings, by Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald, March 25, 2017
Opinion: Justice Springs Eternal, by James Forman Jr., The New York Times, March 25, 2017
Bail System Unfair, Former White House Counsel Says, by Jessica DaSilva, Criminal Law Reporter, Bloomberg BNA, March 22, 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
Judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit aimed at boosting Louisiana's indigent defense funding, by Rebecca Campbell, Louisiana Record, March 19, 2017
What Will Happen to Americans Who Can't Afford an Attorney?, by Matt Ford, The Atlantic, March 19, 2017
Blog: New Report Reveals Urgent Need to Educate Americans on Right to Counsel, by AU School of Public Affairs, March 16, 2017
Special-interest cash could kill bail reform in Maryland, by Editorial Board, The Washington Post, March 15, 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
American terrorism suspect held in Iraq was denied access to a lawyer, his attorneys say, by Rachel Weiner, The Washington Post, March 13, 2017
Missouri's Underfunded Public Defender Office Forces the Poor to Languish in Jail, by Jordan Smith, The Intercept, March 13, 2017
Editorial: Missouri’s public-defender problems a failure of leadership, by The Kansas City Star Editorial Board, The Kansas City Star, March 12, 2017
Editorial: Defending the indigent: All it takes is money, by The Columbia Daily Tribune (MO), March 11, 2017
Public Defenders Hard To Come By In Louisiana, by Debbie Elliott, NPR, March 10, 2017
Trial court had no statutory authority to impose second public defender fee, by Olivia Covington, The Indiana Lawyer, 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
In Fight Over Bail’s Fairness, a Sheriff Joins the Critics, by Michael Hardy, The New York Times, March 9, 2017
Missouri’s Public Defenders are so Overwhelmed it’s a ‘Constitutional Crisis,’ by C.J. Ciaramella, Reason, 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
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
New public defender set to start amid questions about hiring process, by Manny Araujo, Eureka Times-Standard, February 18, 2017
New Mexico Judge Rules Against Underfunded Public Defenders, Associated Press, February 17, 2017
Lines softening on SF funding of public defense for immigrants, by Emily Green, San Francisco Chronicle, February 16, 2017
Op-Ed: Civil asset forfeiture: Fund public defenders instead of the police, by Jennifer Earl, The Hill, February 15, 2017
Michigan commission moves ahead with proposal for public defender standards, by Mateus Defaria, Michigan Radio, February 14, 2017
Bill to provide immigration law resources for public defenders across California is advanced by Assembly committee, by Jazmine Ulloa, Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2017
Maryland’s highest court overhauls the state’s cash-based bail system, by Ovetta Wiggins and Ann E. Marimow, The Washington Post, February 7, 2017
New indigent defense lawsuit targets Gov. Edwards, state public defenders board, by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune, February 6, 2017
New Jersey Alters Its Bail System and Upends Legal Landscape, by Lisa W. Foderaro, The New York Times, February 6, 2017
National Panel Advises Judges On People Who Can't Pay Court Fees, by Joseph Shapiro, NPR, February 3, 2017
Buried Under Workload, Public Defender's Office Pushes Back, by Steven Hale, Nashville Scene, February 2, 2017
Federal judge dismisses ACLU lawsuit aimed at boosting New Orleans' indigent defense funding, by Ken Daley, The Times-Picayune, February 1, 2017
In New York, Demonstrators Demand Dollars For Indigent Legal Defense, by Karen Dewitt, WSHU, February 1, 2017
Study cites due process violations in low-level courts as Charleston officials tout 'groundbreaking' improvement, by Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier, January 22, 2017
Door opened for out-of-state lawyers to represent pipeline protesters, by Caroline Grueskin, Bismarck Tribune (January 18, 2017)
Judge James K. Bredar, assigned to oversee Baltimore consent decree, is former public defender, by Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun (January 12, 2017)
New York Misses Opportunity to Lead the Nation on Public Defense Reform, by Barry J. Pollack, The Huffington Post (January 11, 2017)
How Bail ‘Criminalizes’ Poverty, by TCR Staff, The Crime Report (January 10, 2017)
Legislature Hears Proposed Changes To Montana's Public Defender Office, by Corin Cates-Carney, Montana Public Radio
Wisconsin's public defender: Kelli Thompson, by Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (January 7, 2017)
New York’s Unequal Justice for the Poor, by The Editorial Board, The New York Times (January 5, 2017)
Montgomery judge suspended for jailing people who couldn't afford fines, by Kent Faulk, AL.com (January 5, 2017)
Michigan Indigent Criminal Defense Commission Reestablished, by Cheyna Roth, WMUK (January 4, 2017)
Missouri judge suspended over dispute with public defenders, by Katie Kull, Associated Press (January 3, 2017)
Editorial: An unjust stroke of a pen, Albany Times Union (January 2, 2017)
Cuomo vetoes bill for indigent defense, by Joseph Spector, The Journal News (January 1, 2017)
Starved of money for too long, public defender offices are suing—and starting to win, by Lorelei Laird, ABA Journal (January 1, 2017)
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