Superior Court seeks volunteers for youth justice board

Via Redmond Reporter The King County Superior Court Partnership for Youth Justice is seeking volunteers from the Redmond area to serve on a Community Accountability Board (CAB). The function of the board is to determine consequences for minor juvenile offenders in their community. The key role of the CAB as a community service is to … Continue reading Superior Court seeks volunteers for youth justice board

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

Executive Constantine directs Public Health to oversee King County juvenile detention reorganization

Public Health – Seattle & King County and its partners will work with community on a reform plan that will improve training support for staff who work with youth in detention, expand innovative programs and alternatives to detention, and ensure that transitions out of detention are linked to an overall plan for each youth’s success.  … Continue reading Executive Constantine directs Public Health to oversee King County juvenile detention reorganization

Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline Grant Applications due Nov. 20

King County’s Employment and Education Resources’ (EER) team is leading the Best Starts for Kids strategy for Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline (SSPP). This strategy supports youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 who are at-risk of, currently, or were involved in the criminal justice system and face challenges staying in school, … Continue reading Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline Grant Applications due Nov. 20

New Youth Development Initiative to provide mentoring, leadership opportunities

Best Starts for Kids has launched new investments that will provide young people with the opportunities and tools they need to weather challenges during adolescence and be ready to flourish as adults. The Youth Development Initiative – a partnership between King County and 32 nonprofit organizations – will provide leadership opportunities, mentoring, and other services … Continue reading New Youth Development Initiative to provide mentoring, leadership opportunities

Rhonda Berry to lead King County’s zero youth detention efforts

King County Executive Dow Constantine In my State of the County address in March, I announced the creation of a Road Map to Community Safety and Effective Alternatives to Detention with the goal of creating a community where detention for young people is no longer needed. I have now entrusted this effort to Deputy Executive Rhonda … Continue reading Rhonda Berry to lead King County’s zero youth detention efforts

Executive unveils stronger community-centered response for youth and families in crisis

Following through on his promise to push forward the best ideas in juvenile justice reform, King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a plan to divert more young people from detention by providing 24/7 community-based services and short-term emergency housing for at risk youth and those involved in the justice system.

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