After hours of questions and public comments about two competing proposals for criminal defense services, the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday selected Kansas Holistic Defenders.
Two competing proposals on the table aim to improve outcomes for defendants charged with misdemeanors in Douglas County, but they could also bring a slew of new problems.
With two proposals for local misdemeanor defense offices on the table, Douglas County commissioners voiced some concerns and established a process Wednesday to evaluate their options.
As Douglas County’s annual budget hearings began Monday, commissioners heard a funding request from a new nonprofit criminal defense office. Sam Allison-Natale, chair of Kansas Holistic Defenders, took questions about how the organization aims to improve outcomes and handling of misdemeanor cases in Douglas County.
Jerome Edwards said during a panel Saturday that Juneteenth is a celebration of the abolition of slavery — but the penal system is part of slavery. He and other panelists said the “so-called justice system” needs to be dismantled.