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

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

Judge Susan Craighead: The unconscious bias of white privilege

King County Superior Court Presiding Judge Susan Craighead is one of many Court leaders encouraging the use of implicit bias training and awareness among other criminal justice leaders and their staff.  Judge Craighead also serves on the Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee, a group collaborating on solutions to end racial disproportionalities in the juvenile justice … Continue reading Judge Susan Craighead: The unconscious bias of white privilege

New restorative services center for youth offers alternative to detention

Youth involved in domestic violence incidents now have an alternative to detention that offers them a chance to cool off before engaging in counseling services with their families: The Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) Center. Youth and juvenile justice reform advocates celebrated the opening of a new alternative to detention this month with the … Continue reading New restorative services center for youth offers alternative to detention

New domestic-violence intervention reduces juvenile detention stays

Before the Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) program launched this year, the King County Prosecuting Attorney Office's options for helping families coping with domestic violence were too limited. About a third of juvenile detention bookings in recent years have involved youth committing violence against a family member. In addition to having a detention stay, … Continue reading New domestic-violence intervention reduces juvenile detention stays

King County Juvenile Court changes to cut detention bookings by as much as 250 a year

Spurred by a King County Department of Public Defense proposal, King County Superior Court is making changes this month that could reduce juvenile detention bookings by as much as 250 a year – reductions expected to have the greatest impact on youth of color. The Court is doing that by making two significant changes to … Continue reading King County Juvenile Court changes to cut detention bookings by as much as 250 a year

Q & A with Garfield High restorative justice youth mediator Michael Greenstein

When King County Juvenile Court diverted a young offender into one of its first Restorative Mediation sessions, he didn't face a room of adults alone. Garfield High senior Michael Greenstein introduced himself to the teen, who was about to apologize to the victims he had assisted in burglarizing for the first time. The mediation would last about an hour … Continue reading Q & A with Garfield High restorative justice youth mediator Michael Greenstein

Restorative justice programs growing in King County schools and juvenile court

Looking for schools in King County that dare to handle discipline differently? And by different, we mean avoiding things like excessive and racially disproportionate use of suspension (and most definitely class interventions like this). Then you'll want to check out this recent IN Close report on Seattle's Garfield High School, where Principal Ted Howard is … Continue reading Restorative justice programs growing in King County schools and juvenile court