Public Defense Improvement Program

Chapter 10.101 RCW County and City Public Defense Improvement Funds

RCW 10.101.050exitingwebsite establishes a state-funded grant program to improve public defense services in cities and counties. Grant funds are to be used to make appreciable, demonstrable improvements in the delivery of public defense services.

Application Process

OPD is currently accepting applications from counties for funding in 2023. The next opportunity for cities to apply for funding will be June 2023, for funding in 2024 and 2025.

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Program Policies


City Grant Awards

County Funding
Each county that applies for Chapter 10.101 RCW funds receives a pro-rata share of available state funding, based on the formula and other criteria in RCW 10.101.070.The previous hyperlink exits the OPD website.  The amounts for each county may differ from prior year funding amounts primarily due to a county's increase or decrease in felony filings.  Felony filings are a significant factor in the funding distribution formula established in RCW 10.101.070The previous hyperlink exits the OPD website.

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