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

King County Committed to New Facility, Decreasing Youth Detentions

By Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service Protests against a new youth detention center in King County continued this week, with opponents blocking the construction site and the office of King County Executive Dow Constantine. Protesters from No New Youth Jail say plans for the new facility run counter to the county's commitment to zero youth … Continue reading King County Committed to New Facility, Decreasing Youth Detentions

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

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 … Continue reading Year in Review: King County’s 2017 Juvenile Justice Reform Progress

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