News

Recent news and important updates on issues addressing the defender community such as rethinking jails, the right to counsel and the roles all stakeholders play on upholding and advancing equal justice for all.
Bail Reform, Judges & Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, News, Policy Research, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, Publications and Policy Briefs, Racial Justice, The General Public

Black Public Defender Association’s Position on Cash Bail

October 12, 2020
Bail Reform, Judges & Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

From slogans to solutions? Pritzker proposes ending cash bail, no-knock warrants and other criminal justice reforms

October 6, 2020
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A Smarter Approach To Measuring Prosecutorial Success

October 4, 2020
Judges & Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

55 Ways to Measure How Good Prosecutors Really Are

October 2, 2020
Bail Reform, Judges & Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

California Voters To Review Criminal Justice, Bail Reforms

October 2, 2020
Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Policy Research, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, Publications and Policy Briefs, The General Public, The Right to Counsel

Access to Counsel at First Appearance Policy Brief

September 30, 2020
News, Policy Research, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, Technology, The General Public, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial, The Right to Counsel

Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office Opens Justice System Data to Public in New Dashboard

September 29, 2020
Judges & Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

California setting a positive tone for criminal justice reform

September 25, 2020
Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to Counsel

IndyMatters Episode 153: Higher education ballot question and improving rural public defense

September 11, 2020
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Principles for Continued Use of Remote Court Proceedings

September 10, 2020
Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, Law Enforcement/Corrections, Learning Module, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, Tool-Kit

The Impact of Video Proceedings on Fairness and Access to Justice in Court

September 10, 2020
Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, Law Enforcement/Corrections, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

32 Black federal prosecutors in Washington have a plan to make the criminal justice system more fair

September 5, 2020
Covid-19, General Public stakeholders and Research, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial, The Right to an Impartial Jury, The Right to Counsel

As Trials Resume, Pa. Attys Say Virus May Curb Jury Diversity

September 1, 2020
Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, The General Public

Public Defender’s Office, law enforcement finding creative ways to keep system moving during pandemic

August 28, 2020
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City Council vote give public defenders important funding parity with prosecutors

August 20, 2020
Judges/Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Public Defense, The General Public

Public Defender System In Nevada Poised For Reforms

August 16, 2020
Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

PROSECUTORS, PUBLIC DEFENDERS FACE CASE BACKLOGS AND SMALLER BUDGETS

August 11, 2020
Bail Reform, Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, News, Policy Research, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, Publications and Policy Briefs, Racial Justice, The General Public

Save Black Lives: A Call for Racially-responsive Strategies and Resources for the Black Community during the COVID-19 Pandemic

August 11, 2020
Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to Counsel

‘We’re all guinea pigs this week.’ Horry County picks first jury in months amid COVID-19.

“We’re all guinea pigs this week as we try to figure this all out.” That is what 15th Judicial Circuit
August 10, 2020
Bail Reform, Covid-19, General Public stakeholders and Research, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial

Chaos in Courts: ‘Keep Everyone in Jail and We’ll Sort It Out’

Jose Javier Rivera Bernard faces what’s become a common Covid-19 dilemma in the criminal justice system, as he sits in
August 7, 2020
Covid-19, General Public stakeholders and Research, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

SC defense lawyers’ group opposes first in-person jury trial since coronavirus hit

August 6, 2020
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Anatomy of the Sixth Amendment Webinar

This is an exciting discussion regarding an interactive justice system planning exercise, the “Anatomy of the Sixth Amendment.” We were
August 6, 2020
Bail Reform, Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, Law Enforcement/Corrections, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial, The Right to an Impartial Jury, The Right to Counsel

How the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will help revamp law enforcement

Revived calls for criminal justice reform across the nation have prompted many law enforcement offices to pledge increased community input
August 5, 2020
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New data tools show how unjust the criminal justice system really is for Black New Orleanians

The New Orleans City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee Tuesday unveiled a series of new data “dashboards,” including tools that allow
July 28, 2020
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Texas Indigent Defense Commission: ACT Smart for Public Defense

ACT Smart for Public Defense is a web portal designed to help Texas jurisdictions use data and metrics to track progress
July 21, 2020
Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial, The Right to an Impartial Jury, The Right to Compulsory Process, The Right to Confront Witnesses, The Right to Counsel, The Right to Notice of Charges

Maricopa County Superior Court testing virtual juries in civil cases

Arizona courts have made numerous changes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. From checking visitors’ temperatures at entrances to having
July 20, 2020
Bail Reform, Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, News, Policy Research, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

Santa Barbara County needs more data tracking in jail population reduction, criminal justice heads say

Santa Barbara County’s criminal justice leaders, speaking at a special Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday, supported expanding diversion programs to
July 16, 2020
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New York City Public Defenders File Suit to Halt In-Person Court Appearances

Six public defender groups in New York City filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to halt resumption of in-person court
July 15, 2020
General Public stakeholders and Research, Judges & Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to Counsel, Video

6AC’s David Carroll appears on the OpenMike podcast

July 14, 2020
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Whitewashing: The Jury Box

Racial discrimination is an ever-present feature of jury selection in California. This report investigates the history, legacy, and continuing practice
July 14, 2020
Bail Reform, Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, Law Enforcement/Corrections, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial, The Right to Counsel

Coronavirus is making it harder for poor New Orleanians to get a fair trial

The city’s top public defender Friday warned significant budget shortfalls related to the COVID-19 pandemic are already threatening the viability
July 10, 2020
Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, News, Policy Research, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The Right to an Impartial Jury, The Right to Counsel, Video

New study highlights issues of systemic bias in jury selection

Discrimination is illegal, but peremptory challenges allow the prosecution and defense to dismiss potential jurors without cause. A review of
July 8, 2020
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Texas A&M and Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School researchers to evaluate counsel at first appearance

Texas A&M University’s Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) and the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School (A2J Lab)
July 7, 2020
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Leading With a Public Health Response to COVID-19 in Prisons and Jails

On May 27, a group of national organizations led by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Center for HIV
June 29, 2020
Bail Reform, General Public stakeholders and Research, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, Law Enforcement/Corrections, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial

Covid-19 outbreaks at jails and prisons should make us rethink incarceration

Jails and prisons have become centers of the coronavirus, as they have been during every outbreak before it. Incarcerated people have been denied
June 25, 2020
Bail Reform, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public, Public Defense, The General Public

Harris County judge who has detained many on cash bail joins forces with indigent defendants

A Harris County felony judge who has detained hundreds of pretrial defendants on high bond filed a motion to join
June 24, 2020
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COVID-19 Motivates Policy Overhaul For County Jails In Montana

Criminal justice system reformers for years have sought to reduce county jail and state prison populations in Montana. The COVID-19
June 24, 2020
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New state law seeks to fix New Orleans judges’ decades-old conflict of interest on court fines, fees and bail

Until recently, when judges set bail amounts in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, the amount they set was directly tied
June 24, 2020
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Courts in Marion and Polk counties begin responding to U.S. Supreme Court decision striking split jury verdicts

People convicted of state crimes in split jury verdicts in Marion and Polk counties could get new trials or see
June 19, 2020
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Understanding Race and Social Dominance: Seeing and Dismantling White Supremacy and Structural Anti-Black Racism

June 18, 2020
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STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL AID AND INDIGENT DEFENSE: COVID-19 Resources

Across the country, civil and criminal justice system stakeholders are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways
June 8, 2020
General Public stakeholders and Research, Judges & Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Holds Hearing on the Role of the Public Defender

June 3, 2020
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Criminal Court Reopening and Public Health in the COVID-19 Era

NACDL recognizes that the unprecedented public health risks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic present enormous challenges for court operations especially
June 2, 2020
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What COVID-19 Prison Outbreaks Could Teach Us About Herd Immunity

As states unevenly begin to reopen, researchers are scrambling to learn more about the coronavirus and “herd immunity.” That is
June 1, 2020
General Public stakeholders and Research, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

No Photo ID, No Services: Coronavirus Poses Steep Hurdles After Prison

Michael Albuja had only been in Illinois state prison for 18 months when he came home April 28, hoping to
May 26, 2020
Covid-19, General Public stakeholders and Research, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Learning-Module, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public, Public Defense, Technology, The General Public, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial, The Right to Confront Witnesses, The Right to Counsel

Courtroom Technology in the Age of the Coronavirus: Supporting the Criminal Justice System as it Turns Digital

Please join the National Criminal Justice Association, the National District Attorneys Association, the Due Process Institute, and the National Center
May 20, 2020
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She walked out of jail into a pandemic. Now she can’t find the help she needs to get back on her feet.

Many reentry services offered to those leaving incarceration — like help with housing and employment — have moved online or
May 20, 2020
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How Prisons in Each State Are Restricting Visits Due to Coronavirus

As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, prison facilities across the country suspended visits from family and lawyers. Several months into
May 10, 2020
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COVID-19: Protective Measures Taken by Prosecutors and Courts

May 8, 2020
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Coronavirus Tracker: How Justice Systems Are Responding in Each State

As COVID-19 spreads, states are suspending visits to prison facilities and limiting criminal court proceedings. We’re rounding up the changes
May 8, 2020
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Court Appearances in Criminal Proceedings Through Telepresence Identifying Research and Practice Needs to Preserve Fairness While Leveraging New Technology

Local jurisdictions, faced with caseloads of increasing complexity and cost, have adopted alternative approaches to criminal case processing — including
May 1, 2020
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The “Radical” Notion of the Presumption of Innocence

May 1, 2020
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Justice & Humanity in a Time of Pandemic Webinar

April 27, 2020
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The Supreme Court Just Struck Down The Last State Law Allowing Split Jury Verdicts

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution requires a unanimous jury verdict in order to convict defendants of serious
April 20, 2020
Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public

“How Do I Defend People Now?”

Public defenders rely on in-person, confidential meetings with clients. They say COVID-19 makes their jobs nearly impossible.
April 17, 2020
Covid-19, News

A D.C. public defender describes terrible conditions at the city’s jail

Amy Phillips is a public defender in Washington. She visited the D.C. jail last week, just before most legal visits
April 14, 2020
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The Definition of Insanity

The Miami-Dade Criminal Mental Health Project (CMHP) comes to life in this documentary, following a team of dedicated public servants
April 14, 2020
Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, News, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial

Social Distancing And Right To Jury Trial Must Be Reconciled

As the COVID-19 pandemic extends unpredictably throughout the course of 2020 and alters our way of life, questions arise regarding
April 12, 2020
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COVID-19 and Jail Releases Webinar

April 10, 2020
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Louisiana public defenders fight to protect clients from coronavirus, even as their offices run out of money

April 8, 2020
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We Put Too Many People Behind Bars. This Pandemic Shows Why That’s Not Necessary.

“Mass incarceration is a policy that makes no sense,” says Lauren-Brooke Eisen, the director of the justice program at the
April 6, 2020
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NLADA Covid-19 Updates and Resources

We at NLADA care deeply about the community of members, friends and clients who support our equal justice work. We
April 6, 2020
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Accessing Federal Funds for State and Local Criminal Justice Activities: The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Public Defender Organizations Can Seek Federal Support for Innovative Programming Through the Byrne JAG Program. In addition, as part of
April 5, 2020
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Court Appearances in Criminal Proceedings Through Telepresence Identifying Research and Practice Needs to Preserve Fairness While Leveraging New Technology

Local jurisdictions, faced with caseloads of increasing complexity and cost, have adopted alternative approaches to criminal case processing — including
April 4, 2020
Covid-19, News, Public Defense, The General Public, Tool-Kit, Toolkit

Information for Defender Organizations About Federal Resources Available NOW to Assist with Covid-19 Response

As part of the massive ‘‘Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (or ‘‘CARES Act”) signed into law March 27,
April 3, 2020
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Accessing Resources for Public Defenders- BJA Sixth Amendment Initiative Webinar

This webinar will teach public defenders and advocates how to navigate the process of finding, acquiring, and managing federal and
April 3, 2020
Covid-19, News, Public Defense, Tool-Kit, Toolkit

Accessing Federal Grants, Foundation Funds and Other Supplemental Resources: A Toolkit for Public Defenders

It will be news to no one that public defense is vastly underfunded in states and localities across the nation.
March 31, 2020
Covid-19, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, Law Enforcement/Corrections, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecution, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial, The Right to Counsel

How Is The Justice System Responding to the Coronavirus? It Depends On Where You Live.

Philadelphia had not even 50 confirmed coronavirus cases last week when officials there began announcing changes to their justice system
March 28, 2020
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The Coronavirus Pandemic Makes the Case for Criminal Justice Reform

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States is expediting criminal justice reforms that advocates have pushed
March 28, 2020
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The ABA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force

This webpage is intended as a national source of information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the delivery of legal services.
March 28, 2020
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As Coronavirus Surges, Crime Declines in Some Cities

March 27, 2020
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High-Risk and Confirmed Positive

March 25, 2020
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As courts shut down, one city’s public defenders try to save their clients from the virus

Before March 16, Corbin Brewster, chief public defender in Tulsa County, Okla., says the attorneys in his office had been
March 24, 2020
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Guidance for Preventive and Responsive measures to Coronavirus for Jails, Prisons, Immigration Detention and Youth Facilities

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic. As the number
March 18, 2020
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A Pennsylvania county fired its two top public defenders for doing their jobs

March 2, 2020
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AN ANALYSIS OF THE INDIANA PUBLIC DEFENSE SYSTEM AND ATTORNEY WORKLOAD STANDARDS

February 27, 2020
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Missouri’s prosecutors and public defenders are drowning in cases

February 10, 2020
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Innovative Solutions in Public Defense: New York City

In New York City, legal representation of indigent people accused of crimes is provided by a combination of institutional providers
February 10, 2020
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Innovative Solutions in Public Defense: Kentucky

In all areas outside of Louisville, when a person in Kentucky is charged with a crime and cannot afford a
February 10, 2020
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Innovative Solutions in Public Defense: Contra Costa County

Partnering with Police to Provide Early Representation in Misdemeaner Cases: In Contra Costa County, California, most misdemeanor cases result in
February 7, 2020
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Report: Prosecutors’ workloads even higher than public defenders’

February 6, 2020
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Judge: Settlement ‘not the vehicle’ for reforms to public defender caseloads

February 3, 2020
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A New Startup Backed By David Axelrod Helps Public Defenders Analyze Video

February 2, 2020
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Public defenders face funding crisis for sixth year in a row, report says

February 1, 2020
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Public defenders face funding crisis for sixth year in a row, report says

February 1, 2020
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NIJ’s Research on Videoconferencing Pretrial Release Hearings

Identifying protocols that improve practices and maximize return on investment using videoconferencing to expedite pretrial release hearings for defendants who
January 31, 2020
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NIJ’s Research on Videoconferencing Pretrial Release Hearings

Videoconferencing technologies implemented in prisons and other criminal justice system settings demonstrate reduced transportation costs, increased prisoner security, expedited case
January 30, 2020
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Federal judge refuses to OK consent decree limiting caseloads for Missouri public defenders

January 30, 2020
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Federal Judge Refuses To Approve Deal Reducing Missouri Public Defender Workloads

January 28, 2020
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West Virginia criminal justice reform gaining support from both sides of the aisle

January 27, 2020
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Task force says more resources needed for state judicial system

January 18, 2020
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California Governor Proposes Millions in Public Defender Funding To Settle Sixth Amendment Lawsuit

January 10, 2020
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Maine public defense under scrutiny: Five things to know

January 9, 2020
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Sweeping changes arrive in criminal justice system

January 2, 2020
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Faster arraignment process is saving money and increasing fairness in Baton Rouge courts, supporters say

Since the 19th Judicial District launched its faster arraignment process two months ago, the number of defendants who show up
December 10, 2019
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IN MISSOURI, PUBLIC DEFENDERS PUSH TO PUT POOR DEFENDANTS ON WAIT LIST IN ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE THEIR LEGAL REPRESENTATION

November 26, 2019
General Public stakeholders and Research, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, Law Enforcement/Corrections, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, Publications and Policy Briefs, The General Public

Why rural Americans struggle for equal justice

November 24, 2019
News, Public Defense, Technology

Imagine Being on Trial. With Exonerating Evidence Trapped on Your Phone.

Public defenders lack access to gadgets and software that could keep their clients out of jail.
November 22, 2019
Bail Reform, Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, Law Enforcement & Corrections, Law Enforcement/Corrections, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to a Speedy and Public Trial, The Right to Counsel

Before their day in court, poor people charged with crimes can spend years in jail

This morning Viola Bowman woke up in her cell in the Clay County jail, as she has for the past
November 20, 2019
Judges & Court Staff, Judges/Court Staff, News, Policymakers & Government Agencies, Prosecutors, Public Defense, The General Public, The Right to Counsel

With overloaded Missouri public defenders, you only get a ‘sliver of an attorney’

November 20, 2019

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