ESPN interviews Seahawk Michael Bennett about juvenile detention gardening program

King County Juvenile Detention, in partnership with Interagency Academy, hosted Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks, his wife Pele, and other members of the Bennett Foundation to inaugurate the new Bennett Foundation Garden located within the detention facility. Continue reading ESPN interviews Seahawk Michael Bennett about juvenile detention gardening program

Dramatic drop in juvenile domestic violence case filings follows launch of FIRS program

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: Compared to the same nine-month period last year, juvenile domestic violence case filings have dropped 62 percent.Continue reading Dramatic drop in juvenile domestic violence case filings follows launch of FIRS program

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

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