May 05, 2021

Public Defense News

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


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


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


Two-year budget leaves public defense reform underfunded


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


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

Public defenders’ office not moving (Washington County)


Column: Farmer, attorneys misunderstand public defender duties, ethics


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


Advocates protest amendment to bill fixing unconstitutional bail statute


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


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

Potter County approves grant to continue new public defender office potential


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


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


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


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


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


Commission seeks nominations for public defender board (Lawrence County)

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


Resolution honoring public defender Vanessa Bryan signed by governor


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

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