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,…

King County Juvenile Court changes to cut detention bookings by as much as 250 a year

Spurred by a King County Department of Public Defense proposal, King County Superior Court is making changes this month that could reduce juvenile detention bookings by as much as 250 a year – reductions expected to have the greatest impact on youth of color. The Court is doing that by making two significant changes to…

Q & A with Garfield High restorative justice youth mediator Michael Greenstein

When King County Juvenile Court diverted a young offender into one of its first Restorative Mediation sessions, he didn’t face a room of adults alone. Garfield High senior Michael Greenstein introduced himself to the teen, who was about to apologize to the victims he had assisted in burglarizing for the first time. The mediation would last about an hour…

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN.11: Free Restorative Justice training for King County high-school students

Teen mediators have been a key component of a restorative justice practice that started with a small group of Garfield High students trying to reduce school suspensions. The practice recently expanded into a King County Juvenile Court pilot program for juvenile offenders, and the County is looking for more high school student mediators to contribute to…

Restorative justice programs growing in King County schools and juvenile court

Looking for schools in King County that dare to handle discipline differently? And by different, we mean avoiding things like excessive and racially disproportionate use of suspension (and most definitely class interventions like this). Then you’ll want to check out this recent IN Close report on Seattle’s Garfield High School, where Principal Ted Howard is…