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Tag: Northwest Defenders Association

Urban Politics #181: New Law Creates Standards For Public Defense Services

June 20th, 2004

For many years the City has contracted with King County to provide public defender services to indigent defendants. King County in turn contracted with 3 defender organizations, The Defender Association, the Associated Council for the Accused, and the Northwest Defenders Association. Mayor Nickels, in an effort to save costs, has decided to begin direct contracting with a provider. If we eliminate contracting with King County, the City will save $300,000. On its face there is nothing wrong with this approach, but before the Mayor moved ahead I felt it was important to pass legislation that offered some of the same safeguards that King County required when it was contracting for these services on behalf of the City.