How peacemaking circles are changing King County’s juvenile justice system and staff from the inside out “For me, I went to my intro to peacemaking about a year after my father had passed away. And I was close to last on sharing our object, and I had brought a picture of him and me from … Continue reading The Sharing of Peace
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.
Compared to the same nine-month period last year, juvenile domestic violence case filings have dropped 62% since the Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) program launched in January 2016. Within a year of its inception, the impact of a new King County program aimed at reducing further involvement in the juvenile justice system is unprecedented: … Continue reading Dramatic drop in juvenile domestic violence case filings follows launch of FIRS program
Theresa Wea will be King County Superior Court’s first Equity & Justice Advocate, a new position created this year to address growing racial disproportionalities in the juvenile justice system. She starts on Oct. 5. Although Superior Court has invested time and resources into addressing racial disproportionality for years, Presiding Judge Susan Craighead said the court … Continue reading King County Juvenile Court hires its first Equity & Justice Advocate