Trauma-informed fitness leads to skill building for youth

"Our job is to listen." That is how Upower coaches describe their role in offering fitness classes at the King County Juvenile Detention Center. Upower offers trauma-informed fitness and wellness classes at no cost to teens in King County. Their classes are fun, safe and open to all fitness levels. Upower's trauma-informed fitness program means … Continue reading Trauma-informed fitness leads to skill building for youth

Using restorative justice to help youth in crisis

Jimmy Hung, a senior deputy prosecuting attorney in the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, sees the juvenile justice system from the inside. He has a passion for helping youth in crisis, and he's been instrumental in bringing restorative justice practices to this work. Via King County TV, learn more about Jimmy Hung and how he's … Continue reading Using restorative justice to help youth in crisis

Choose 180 Director’s past helps him connect to youth facing struggles

If you wanted to create a profile for the type of kid who would end up involved in drugs, in gangs, in the juvenile justice system, Sean Goode says the description would match his childhood. Both of Sean’s parents struggled with mental health diseases: His father with schizophrenia; his mother with a personality disorder. His … Continue reading Choose 180 Director’s past helps him connect to youth facing struggles

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

ESPN interviews Seahawk Michael Bennett about juvenile detention gardening program

The project represents a unique partnership between the Bennett Foundation, King County, Interagency Academy (Seattle Public Schools), the King County Juvenile Detention, and community volunteers. The food in the garden will be planted, maintained, and harvested by students, and will be used in the kitchen to feed the very students who grew the food.  Michael … Continue reading ESPN interviews Seahawk Michael Bennett about juvenile detention gardening program

Dramatic drop in juvenile domestic violence case filings follows launch of FIRS program

Compared to the same nine-month period last year, juvenile domestic violence case filings have dropped 62% since the Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) program launched in January 2016.   Within a year of its inception, the impact of a new King County program aimed at reducing further involvement in the juvenile justice system is … Continue reading Dramatic drop in juvenile domestic violence case filings follows launch of FIRS program

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 … Continue reading Peacemaking circle pilot shows new path for juvenile justice