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DPD's mission is not only to provide high-quality representation but to also challenge the practices and policies that keep DPD's clients entangled in a harsh and unfair system. DPD's goal is to work with partners to dismantle the systems that oppress our clients. Where traditional systems remain, DPD is partnering with the community, litigating, and drawing upon the expertise of its staff to make those systems less harmful and more restorative. 

Read more about our policy work on our blog, For The Defense. 

Statements, reports, and position papers

DPD Director Anita Khandelwal issued a statement on Sept. 13, 2019, expressing concerns about the four pilot strategies released by the High-Barrier Individuals Working Group. The pilots largely fail to address what DPD knows our clients need -- long-term housing and community-based services -- as opposed to more involvement in the criminal legal system. Read her complete statement

The Under-Representation of Blacks in the King County Jury Pool, by Katherine Beckett, University of Washington, May 2016

Annual reports

DPD's 2019 Annual Report 

DPD's 2018 Annual Report 

DPD's 2017 Annual Report

DPD's 2016 Annual Report

DPD's 2015 Annual Report