Rhonda Berry to lead King County’s zero youth detention efforts

King County Executive Dow Constantine In my State of the County address in March, I announced the creation of a Road Map to Community Safety and Effective Alternatives to Detention with the goal of creating a community where detention for young people is no longer needed. I have now entrusted this effort to Deputy Executive Rhonda…

Executive unveils stronger community-centered response for youth and families in crisis

Following through on his promise to push forward the best ideas in juvenile justice reform, King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a plan to divert more young people from detention by providing 24/7 community-based services and short-term emergency housing for at risk youth and those involved in the justice system.

This Saturday: Join community conversation on juvenile justice reform

On Saturday, Jan. 14, join United Way, King County and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) in a community conversation focused on restorative justice and alternatives to traditional juvenile justice system practices. What: We Have a Dream: Strengthening Community and the Futures of Our Youth through Storytelling When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 – 4 p.m. Where: Youngstown Cultural…

Peacemaking circle pilot shows new path for juvenile justice

King County Juvenile Court and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office tried its first felony case through a peacemaking circle, which incorporated victim advocates, mentors, family members and community leaders through months of what became a transformative mediation. A moderator who led a peacemaking circle movement in Boston is growing the practice here in King County.  A…

Judge Susan Craighead: The unconscious bias of white privilege

King County Superior Court Presiding Judge Susan Craighead is one of many Court leaders encouraging the use of implicit bias training and awareness among other criminal justice leaders and their staff.  Judge Craighead also serves on the Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee, a group collaborating on solutions to end racial disproportionalities in the juvenile justice…

New restorative services center for youth offers alternative to detention

Youth involved in domestic violence incidents now have an alternative to detention that offers them a chance to cool off before engaging in counseling services with their families: The Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) Center. Youth and juvenile justice reform advocates celebrated the opening of a new alternative to detention this month with the…

New domestic-violence intervention reduces juvenile detention stays

Before the Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) program launched this year, the King County Prosecuting Attorney Office’s options for helping families coping with domestic violence were too limited. About a third of juvenile detention bookings in recent years have involved youth committing violence against a family member. In addition to having a detention stay,…