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,…

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…