For The Defense tells stories about the people who work for King County’s Department of Public Defense: Their work, the issues they face, the challenges they experience and the successes they celebrate. It looks at the criminal justice system through the lens of public defense — issues of racial disproportionality, the criminalization of people who are poor and mentally ill, reforms that are needed to make the system fairer and more equitable. Finally, it looks at the clients we serve. When we can, we’ll tell their stories, too.
Our goal is to give you a glimpse into a criminal justice system that is often stacked against the poor, against people of color, against those who are the most marginalized in Seattle and King County. In so doing, we hope to build more support for this important work and for reforms that could make the system work better.
This blog is written by staff at the King County Department of Public Defense.