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Innovation Brief: Special Counsel: Enhancing Juvenile Indigent Defense in Washington State

Published Dec 8, 2014, Center for Children & Youth Justice

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When addressing the issue of indigent defense for juvenile respondents in Washington State, an initial reaction was that the cost for needed improvements would be formidable. Reducing caseloads and improving training alone came with large price tags. However, with a relatively modest investment from the MacArthur Foundation, the leadership of TeamChild and the collaboration of multiple partners, Washington Models for Change has significantly improved the quality of juvenile indigent representation in Washington State. 


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Models for Change is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, website operated by Justice Policy Institute.

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