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Published on Monday, July 7, 2014

Your Input Needed on Misdemeanor Caseloads Survey

Your city or town’s mayor, manager, or administrator should have recently received an email from the Office of Public Defense (OPD) with a survey link. Below is a letter from OPD explaining how the survey information will be used to better understand economic impacts of the Supreme Court ruling that establishes misdemeanor caseload limits.

Dear AWC/WSAC Member,

You or a member of your city/county staff will be receiving an email from the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) asking you to participate in a brief misdemeanor public defense survey. I am writing to encourage you to participate in this online survey.

The state House Judiciary Committee has requested information to better understand the economic impact of the upcoming misdemeanor public defense caseload limits. A work group consisting of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, city representatives and county representatives has designed a survey to better identify what the statewide impact will be.

OPD Deputy Director Sophia Byrd McSherry will send an email to a member of your city/county staff with the survey link. Unless you chose to provide identification information, your answers to this survey will be anonymous. We highly encourage you to answer as many of these questions as possible, in order to get a more complete understanding of what challenges we’re facing with funding misdemeanor public defense in 2015 and beyond. Survey results are due by Friday, July 18.

If you have any questions about this survey or wish to submit your information in another format, please contact OPD staff: Kathy Kuriyama at Kathy.Kuriyama@opd.wa.gov, 360-586-3164 ext. 114; or Katrin Johnson at Katrin.Johnson@opd.wa.gov, 360-586-3164 ext. 108. You may also contact them to inquire as to who was emailed the survey for your city/county.

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