Restorative justice works for perpetrators – and victims

By Joanne Alcantara, Katherine Beckett, and Martina Kartman, special to the Seattle Times The authors of the Op-Ed on restorative justice [“Restorative justice may help, but let’s not forget victims,” April 27, Opinion] express concern about recent efforts by King County prosecutors to address crime through alternative processes based on restorative-justice principles. They urged prosecutors…

Transforming juvenile justice: excerpt from 2018 State of the County Address

King County Executive Dow Constantine delivered his 2018 State of the County Address this week. In it, he outlined his vision for transforming juvenile justice, including a new approach that uses a public health lens to help youth in crisis. Watch or read the excerpt of the State of the County that focuses on juvenile…

King County Public Health now oversees juvenile justice to focus on healing

By John Knicely, KIRO 7 News Juvenile justice now falls under the direction of King County Public Health. On Wednesday, King County Executive Dow Constantine unveiled plans that have been in the works since November. The idea is to focus on healing and rehabilitating the youth offender to have charges reduced or thrown out. Jahila…

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…