Home Free: How a New York State Prisoner Became a Jailhouse Lawyer, and Changed the System, New Yorker, June 20, 2016
NYCLU Applauds Senate for Passing Public Defense Bill, Urges Assembly to Pass Before End of Session, NYCLU News, June 16, 2016
Why Do So Many People Confess to Crimes They Didn't Commit?, Vice, June 14, 2016
A Challenge to New York’s Broken Parole Board, N.Y. Times, June 13, 2016
How to Improve Your Public Defense Office, NAPD News, June 13, 2016
Public Defenders Can Be Biased, Too, and It Hurts Their Non-White Clients, Wash. Post, June 7, 2016
Historic Passage of Public Defense Mandate Relief Act: State Funding for All Public Defense Programs. At the end of the legislative session, the Senate and Assembly unanimously passed a bill requiring state funding of local public defense programs, with an incremental reimbursement process. NYSDA's news release lauded the long-awaited action and Executive Director Jonathan E. Gradess said: "Thanks to bipartisan support, New York has taken a step toward long-needed reform. When the Governor signs this bill, the State will move closer to fully meeting its constitutional and moral duty to ensure that effective public defense representation is provided in every court around New York State." NYSDA has long advocated for statewide funding and helped bring into being the Indigent Legal Services Office in 2010. "But this is something new," Gradess commented. "We've seen a county-led effort for this legislation from the beginning." The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the New York Association of Counties, the NYS Bar Association, and the national Sixth Amendment Center issued news releases and announcements about the bill's passage. The NYCLU and Schulte Roth & Zabel brought a lawsuit in 2007 challenging constitutional deficiencies in the State’s provision of public defense services. The settlement of that case in late 2014, Hurrell-Harring v State of New York, was a major impetus for the legislation. In testimony submitted regarding this year's state budget, NYSDA addressed the need for such legislation and other public defense improvements.