November 07, 2019

Public Defense News

Here is the public defense news November 2-7:

National:

PBS NewsHour Broken Justice, Episode 1 - Triage

Broken Justice: How relying on a public defender can mean you fall through the cracks

Alaska:

Alaska public defender agency meets Constitutional duty, but has several shortcomings

Alaska public defender agency review recommends changes

Report: Public defenders office struggles with retention, recruitment

Report highlights staffing issues at public defender

Dunleavy administration disputes public defender caseloads, but recommends reforms

Wyoming:

Lawmakers propose standards for public defender representation

Public defender bill fails in committee

Massachusetts:

Showdown over shortage of lawyers for poor heading to SJC

Oklahoma:

‘Important step forward:’ Pardon and parole board recommends commutation for more than 500

Wisconsin:

Lawmakers consider pay bump for Wisconsin public defenders

Judges: End jailing people for unpaid fines in Rock County

Oregon:

Portland area public defender say the cash bail system is broken. They’re working to change it.

Public defender lose state contract, accused of misconduct

Louisiana:

Saints’ Demario Davis hosts forum calling for raise in Orleans public defenders’ budget

Florida:

Local public defender teaches at Harvard (Hall County)

California:

Watch Merced County public defender explain his vision for his department

After decades of visiting his parents in prison, this lawyer wants to be San Francisco’s next DA

Too close to call: Suzy Loftus widens lead over Chesa Boudin in SF district attorney race

Virginia:

How Parisa Dehghani-Tafti could shape Arlington’s legal landscape

Nevada:

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak names indigent defense board director and members

Of Interest:

Is the war on drugs over?  Arrest statistics say no.

A jail increased extreme isolation to stop suicides. More people killed themselves.

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