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Here is the public defense news April 4-11:

NACDL is calling for nominations for the 2019 The Champion of Public Defense Award. This award recognizes an individual or group for exceptional efforts in making positive changes to a local, county, state, or federal public defense system. Nominations are due June 10, 2019Nominate or find out more HERE.


You’re out of prison. Now you have to get your driver’s license back.


Report: Pay public defenders more; create new office

Report: Lacking public defenders, Maine sends poor people to jail on ‘an assembly line’

High bills, potential conflicts of interest found in legal defense system for poor Mainers


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