Making diversion programs more culturally responsive

Community Accountability Boards (“CABs”) have served as a diversion program – or alternative to the formal court process – for first-time juvenile misdemeanor cases in King County since 1959. CABs are made up of trained community volunteers who hear juvenile cases and devise a tailored plan of accountability for each young person. If a youngContinue reading Making diversion programs more culturally responsive

National conference selects King County as site of annual conference, spotlights Zero Youth Detention

Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation hosts a national conference for the over 300 jurisdictions in 40 states that have signed on to implement its Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). This year, the conference was hosted in King County, from October 16-18, in part to showcase the work of King County’s Zero Youth DetentionContinue reading National conference selects King County as site of annual conference, spotlights Zero Youth Detention

Join Us: Juvenile Justice Panel Discussion

On Thursday, October 3, the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County will host a panel discussion on juvenile legal reform in King County. Panelists include Zero Youth Detention Director Derrick Wheeler-Smith, Zac Davis from Best Starts for Kids Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline Program, Jason Clark from Northwest Credible Messengers, Nick Straley fromContinue reading Join Us: Juvenile Justice Panel Discussion

Video: Community Passageways Community Diversion Program

If you were watching the Seahawks game on August 29, you may have seen an excerpt of the short documentary “Out of the Fire,” which tells the story of Community Passageways, a Seattle-based felony diversion program and community partner in our work toward Zero Youth Detention. Community Passageways uses restorative justice practices and racial healingContinue reading Video: Community Passageways Community Diversion Program

Intersection of Zero Youth Detention and the Children and Family Justice Center

KUOW’s Amy Radil interviewed Zero Youth Detention Director Derrick Wheeler-Smith last week about our work to eliminate the use of secure detention for young people in King County – check out the story here. With the opening of the new Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) on the horizon, much of the discussion focused onContinue reading Intersection of Zero Youth Detention and the Children and Family Justice Center