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

Juvenile justice reform taking shape in Washington

News release from Gov. Jay Inslee Washington took significant steps this year to reform the criminal justice system for children and teens convicted of crimes. Those changes take effect today and are due, in part, to the participation of incarcerated youth themselves. One of the bills signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee revises rules … Continue reading Juvenile justice reform taking shape in Washington

Superior Court seeks volunteers for youth justice board

Via Redmond Reporter The King County Superior Court Partnership for Youth Justice is seeking volunteers from the Redmond area to serve on a Community Accountability Board (CAB). The function of the board is to determine consequences for minor juvenile offenders in their community. The key role of the CAB as a community service is to … Continue reading Superior Court seeks volunteers for youth justice board

Restorative justice works for perpetrators – and victims

By Joanne Alcantara, Katherine Beckett, and Martina Kartman, special to the Seattle Times The authors of the Op-Ed on restorative justice ["Restorative justice may help, but let's not forget victims," April 27, Opinion] express concern about recent efforts by King County prosecutors to address crime through alternative processes based on restorative-justice principles. They urged prosecutors … Continue reading Restorative justice works for perpetrators – and victims

In Washington state, King County is making big strides toward reforming its juvenile justice system

By Charlotte West, Mic.com As a high school sophomore, Jahila Moody had a 3.7 GPA and spent every spare minute at her local dance studio. She was doing so well her family decided she should return to Seattle after spending two years in California with her sister. By the end of her junior year, she … Continue reading In Washington state, King County is making big strides toward reforming its juvenile justice system

Transforming juvenile justice: excerpt from 2018 State of the County Address

King County Executive Dow Constantine delivered his 2018 State of the County Address this week. In it, he outlined his vision for transforming juvenile justice, including a new approach that uses a public health lens to help youth in crisis. Watch or read the excerpt of the State of the County that focuses on juvenile … Continue reading Transforming juvenile justice: excerpt from 2018 State of the County Address

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 … Continue reading King County Public Health now oversees juvenile justice to focus on healing