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…

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…

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…