Public Defense Improvement Program

Chapter 10.101 RCW County and City Public Defense Improvement Funds 

City Distribution for Use During Calendar Years 2018 and 2019

OPD has distributed more than one million dollars to 30 cities for making and/or sustaining improvements to public defense in calendar years 2018 and 2019. Cities may apply for these grant funds under a competitive program described in Chapter 10.101 RCWexitingwebsite. The participating cities will use grant funds to support services such as: providing counsel at first appearance, adding attorneys to reduce caseloads, increasing attorney compensation, paying for professional investigator and expert services, providing interpreters for attorney-client meetings, and integrating social services to public defense representation.  

OPD received 32 city applications for 2018 state funding. The criteria used for evaluating grant applications were developed in consultation with the Association of Washington Cities, as required by RCW 10.101.080exitingwebsite. Factors considered in evaluating grant applications include: local poverty level; number of criminal cases filed and the percentage of cases assigned to a public defender; public defense compensation; public defense caseloads; whether the application proposed an allowed use of funds; whether the applicant is currently receiving a grant and demonstrating actual improvements in public defense; and whether an applicant will match state grant funds with new local funding. Grant funds may only be used for funding/sustaining improvements to public defense, and may not be used to supplant services previously funded by the City.

The 2018 and 2019 city grant recipients are:

  • Aberdeen- $25,000
  • Airway Heights- $24,500
  • Battle Ground - $15,000
  • Bellingham - $40,000
  • Black Diamond- $4,000
  • Bremerton - $17,062
  • Cheney - $15,000
  • Granger- $19,000
  • Hoquiam- $25,000
  • Kelso - $60,000
  • Lake Stevens/Arlington Partnership- $25,000
  • Lakewood- $40,000
  • Longview- $81,500
  • Mabton- $15,000
  • Medical Lake- $2,500
  • Olympia - $69,500
  • Pasco - $20,000
  • Port Orchard - $14,000
  • Shelton - $54,000
  • Spokane - $92,500
  • Spokane Valley - $20,300
  • Sunnyside- $50,000
  • Tacoma - $48,700
  • Tukwila - $37,000
  • Union Gap - $40,000
  • Vancouver - $57,166
  • Westport -$5,000
  • Yakima- $93,500
  • Yelm- $25,000

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