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

Q & A with Restorative Justice Leader Polly Davis

The County’s Restorative Mediation pilot, which Polly Davis closely coordinated with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and King County Superior Court to develop, includes youth co-mediators from another restorative justice program Davis has helped develop at Garfield High School in Seattle’s Central District. We asked her about the Restorative Mediation pilot and where she thinks the program is headed.Continue reading Q & A with Restorative Justice Leader Polly Davis

How It Works: Creative Justice

4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, launched the first session of the pilot program earlier this year in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood after months of careful coordination with staff from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and King County Superior Court. A second session just finished in Rainier Valley, and two more will follow this summer and fall in Burien and the Central District.Continue reading How It Works: Creative Justice

King County, community leaders and youth to identify ways to end racial disparity in juvenile justice system

King County Executive Dow Constantine today joined Superior Court Presiding Judge Susan Craighead and members of the King County Council to announce members of a steering committee charged with recommending solutions to a growing racial disparity in the regional juvenile justice system. It is the largest and most diverse group King County has ever assembled to act on juvenile justice issues.Continue reading King County, community leaders and youth to identify ways to end racial disparity in juvenile justice system