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 detentions.
However, Jimmy Hung, the chief deputy prosecutor with the juvenile division of the King County prosecuting attorney’s office, says that goal can’t be achieved overnight and that the current facility is run down and needs to be replaced.
“As the chief deputy prosecutor here, I actually believe in zero youth detention,” he says. “I think that’s something that we should all aspire to. For me, the fact that you have to lock youth up in a secure facility is a sign of an unhealthy community.”
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