Public Defender’s Office to Help Mitigate Unintended Impacts of Low Level Crimes

Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold, who spearheaded the program’s implementation. Photo courtesy of Seattle City Council

Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31802 Monday to insert civil “collateral consequence” attorneys into the King County Department of Public Defense (KC DPD) in an effort to inform people charged with crimes about the unintended consequences of conviction.

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#NoNewYouthJail Movement Scores Legal Victory in Court of Appeals

Photo by DJ Martinez

The Court of Appeals handed prison abolitionist groups Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) and #NoNewYouthJail (NNYJ) a substantial and calculated victory Tuesday morning that could potentially close the money spigot for the youth dentition center they’ve been opposing.

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UW Board of Regents violates open public meetings act

A King County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the UW Board of Regents violated the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) on 24 separate occasions over almost three years.

The board undermined the OPMA by holding dinner meetings at former President Michael Young’s house, in which the meetings were neither open nor public, according to the ruling.

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