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Tag: public defense standards

Urban Politics #239: The Quality of Public Defense Services

August 13th, 2007

In 2004, Council passed Ordinance 121501 to “adopt standards for the delivery of public defense services” in accordance with RCW 10.101.030 and 10.101.060. You may recall that I’ve written about this issue before. See Urban Politics 181.

State law requires the establishment of such standards for Cities and Counties contracting for public defense services. Prior to the passage of this law in 2004, the City didn’t have an ordinance establishing standards. The reason there was no such City ordinance was because before 2004, King County did the contracting of public defense services for the City. Consequently, the King County Code governed the City standards.


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.