Defender FY 2025 Budget Testimony

FY 2025 Budget Request: More resources to support Philly's Youth!


On April 16, 2024, Chief Defender Keisha Hudson & Deputy Defender Sarah Allen testified before City Council about our request for a $15 million budget increase in FY 2025.


These funds would largely be dedicated to hiring more attorneys and social workers for our child and youth clients, as well as salary increases to bring our attorneys to parity with other city agencies.


Read the full budget testimony here


Download budget request slides


Support Letters for Philly Defenders Budget Proposal


The Defender Association is grateful for the amazing support we've received from our community partners, elected officials and other organizations working toward a better justice system, and public safety for all!


Community Support letter: over 20 organizations added their names to a letter in support of a budget increase for the work we do with justice system-involved children and youth.


Read the letter here


Philadelphia Bar Association letter: Thanks to the Philadelphia Bar Association for supporting our attorneys and the work we do all year round. We especially appreciate their support of our budget request


Read the Philly Bar Association's letter here.


Video: Defender Association Budget Testimony

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