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

How it works: Step-Up and Family Intervention & Restorative Services (FIRS) programs for youth arrested for family violence

Step-Up and Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) – youth violence interventions from King County Superior Court – are a great example of the Zero Youth Detention objectives in practice. These programs prevent youth from entering the legal system by providing services before a family has legal system involvement; divert youth who’ve been arrested forContinue reading How it works: Step-Up and Family Intervention & Restorative Services (FIRS) programs for youth arrested for family violence

Culturally responsive care for LGBTQ+ youth

The King County Superior Court blog recently highlighted the eQuality Project. Run by the Center for Children & Youth Justice, eQuality has been helping King County Juvenile Court Services better connect court-involved LGBTQ+ youth with trauma-informed, culturally responsive support services. These efforts support our primary objective in the Road Map: to lead with equity. We’reContinue reading Culturally responsive care for LGBTQ+ youth

Supporting Policy that Supports Zero Youth Detention

Zero Youth Detention supports policy reform that improves the lives of youth, children, and families and reduces legal system involvement. Policy reform falls under the Road Map’s 5th objective to align and optimize connections between systems to increase effectiveness. Right now, this means that King County staff are educating and testifying in collaboration with partners to support a number of bills being considered during the current state legislature session. Learn more…Continue reading Supporting Policy that Supports Zero Youth Detention

Family Feedback Informs Improvements: A Series

Family engagement in the juvenile legal system is an equity issue. While the juvenile legal system in King County is complicated for any teen and their family, it is even more complicated for families from various cultural norms, abilities, learning styles, and those whose speak a language other than English at home. Learn more about what King County is doing to improve family interactions and communication within the juvenile legal system, starting with listening to families. Continue reading Family Feedback Informs Improvements: A Series

Image of Sean Goode, Choose 180 Executive Director

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

The Choose 180 Program was started with initial funding from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in an effort to reduce the flow of youth into the juvenile justice system. When a first or second time juvenile offender commits a low-level misdemeanor, King County prosecutors have the option to send them to a 180 workshop in lieu of filing charges against them.Continue reading Choose 180 Director’s past helps him connect to youth facing struggles

Image of Rimon and his mother, both part of the first King County Juvenile Court felony case to be resolved through a peacemaking circle

Peacemaking circle pilot shows new path for juvenile justice

Two years in jail for 15-year-old Rimon would be followed by a lifetime of notifying future employers and landlords that he was a convicted felon. Two years in jail and the legal process along the way would cost taxpayers somewhere around $200,000. And two years in juvenile detention could turn a teenager hard and bitter.Continue reading Peacemaking circle pilot shows new path for juvenile justice