King County Committed to New Facility, Decreasing Youth Detentions

By Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service Protests against a new youth detention center in King County continued this week, with opponents blocking the construction site and the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine. Protesters from No New Youth Jail say plans for the new facility run counter to the county’s commitment to zero youth…

Year in Review: King County’s 2017 Juvenile Justice Reform Progress

Reform doesn’t happen overnight. That doesn’t mean it can’t be impressive to look back at how much progress can be made in just one year. In 2017, King County continued to step up its investments and commitments to eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline: Safe Spaces: King County set in motion partnerships with organizations across the County…

Executive Constantine directs Public Health to oversee King County juvenile detention reorganization

Public Health – Seattle & King County and its partners will work with community on a reform plan that will improve training support for staff who work with youth in detention, expand innovative programs and alternatives to detention, and ensure that transitions out of detention are linked to an overall plan for each youth’s success. …

Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline Grant Applications due Nov. 20

King County’s Employment and Education Resources’ (EER) team is leading the Best Starts for Kids strategy for Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline (SSPP). This strategy supports youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 who are at-risk of, currently, or were involved in the criminal justice system and face challenges staying in school,…

New Youth Development Initiative to provide mentoring, leadership opportunities

Best Starts for Kids has launched new investments that will provide young people with the opportunities and tools they need to weather challenges during adolescence and be ready to flourish as adults. The Youth Development Initiative – a partnership between King County and 32 nonprofit organizations – will provide leadership opportunities, mentoring, and other services…