May 05, 2021

Public Defense News

Here is the public defense news for Apr 29-May 5, 2021:

Report:

FFJC: Tip of the Iceberg: How Much Criminal Justice Debt Does the U.S. Really Have?

National:

Access to justice office inside DOJ riper for revival under Biden

U.S. attorney’s office and federal public defender announce post-conviction reentry program

Jackson-Akiwumi would be rare judge who was a public defender highlighted at her Senate confirmation hearing

Public defender experience and diversity dominates at Biden’s judicial nominees’ debut hearing

Column: It’s time to reject fines and fees as a solution to budget problems

Maine:

Two-year budget leaves public defense reform underfunded

Virginia:

Prosecutor, public defender grapple with the future handling of low-level crimes (Prince William County)

Ohio:

Cleveland men imprisoned for 15 years released on bond following overturned convictions

Public defenders’ office not moving (Washington County)

Kentucky:

Column: Farmer, attorneys misunderstand public defender duties, ethics

Minnesota:

Public defenders in Hennepin County condemn traffic stops that target Black drivers

Nevada:

Advocates protest amendment to bill fixing unconstitutional bail statute

Florida:

Chief judges, public defender respond to Miami police chief’s ‘it’s time to open’ complaint

New York:

Audit of Ulster County public defender’s office finds improvements

Texas:

Hays County commissioners court applies for grant to fund public defender’s office

Potter County approves grant to continue new public defender office potential

Mississippi:

County board to review salaries for public defender (Washington County)

Illinois:

What prospective jurors need to know as jury trials resume in Cook County

California:

Commentary: California’s new attorney general has a reputation as a criminal justice reformer, but his biggest test is yet to come

Longtime Yolo County resident challenging District Attorney in 2022

Reisig has a challenger for 2022 in retired public defender Cynthia Rodriguez

Hawaii:

A cautious legislature, locked in the capitol, played it safe

Michigan:

Wexford board looking at staffing updates in building department, public defenders’ office

Indiana:

Commission seeks nominations for public defender board (Lawrence County)

County Council approves transfers, hears struggles in jail system (Lawrence County)

Tennessee:

Resolution honoring public defender Vanessa Bryan signed by governor

Louisiana:

Ward returns home to be head of public defenders (Evangeline Parish)

Of Interest:

Invisible kid

U.S. captures, tortured, and cleared him. He’s still in GITMO

Bishop, author and public defender, wins Christopher award

View the Archives »