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

Image of Stephanie Trollen of King County PAO Juvenile Unit; and Jimmy Hung, senior deputy prosecutor and chair of the PAO juvenile unit

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. Under the FIRS model, parents can now access an array of social services without formally pressing charges against a child or teen.Continue reading New domestic-violence intervention reduces juvenile detention stays

Katherine Hurley, a King County public defender, speaking with a client

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

King County Superior Court is making changes this month that could reduce juvenile detention bookings by as much as 250 a year. The Court is doing that by making two significant changes to divert more youth away from detention and to continue a more than decade-long decline in the use of juvenile detention.Continue reading King County Juvenile Court changes to cut detention bookings by as much as 250 a year

Restorative justice programs growing in King County schools and juvenile court

You’ll want to check out this recent IN Close report on Seattle’s Garfield High School, where Principal Ted Howard is fostering the use and instruction of restorative justice. Restorative justice sessions are led by mediators who help offenders understand the full impacts of their actions directly from victims and find the community-based support they need to stay out of trouble in the future. Continue reading Restorative justice programs growing in King County schools and juvenile court