Year in Review: King County’s 2017 Juvenile Justice Reform Progress

Reform doesn’t happen overnight. That doesn’t mean it can’t be impressive to look back at how much progress can be made in just one year. In 2017, King County continued to step up its investments and commitments to eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline: Safe Spaces: King County set in motion partnerships with organizations across the County … Continue reading Year in Review: King County’s 2017 Juvenile Justice Reform Progress

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

Youth mentors needed for growing Federal Way community support network

The Federal Way Youth Action Team (FWYAT), a collaboration between King County Juvenile Court and several Federal Way community programs, is growing its capacity for connecting youth to opportunities to grow into healthy and happy adults.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZAkyat7z6Y Providing youth with life-changing support in Federal Way can start with something as simple as a basketball game. … Continue reading Youth mentors needed for growing Federal Way community support network

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.

This Saturday: Join community conversation on juvenile justice reform

On Saturday, Jan. 14, join United Way, King County and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) in a community conversation focused on restorative justice and alternatives to traditional juvenile justice system practices. What: We Have a Dream: Strengthening Community and the Futures of Our Youth through Storytelling When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 – 4 p.m. Where: Youngstown Cultural … Continue reading This Saturday: Join community conversation on juvenile justice reform

Judge Susan Craighead: The unconscious bias of white privilege

King County Superior Court Presiding Judge Susan Craighead is one of many Court leaders encouraging the use of implicit bias training and awareness among other criminal justice leaders and their staff.  Judge Craighead also serves on the Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee, a group collaborating on solutions to end racial disproportionalities in the juvenile justice … Continue reading Judge Susan Craighead: The unconscious bias of white privilege

How “Coach Dom” fights to keep more youth of color out of court

The community-based 180 Program had helped at least 800 King County teens see pre-filed charges dropped by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office when the program’s co-director, Dominique Davis, needed to solve a problem he couldn't ignore any longer. Although more than half of the youth who came to the monthly 180 Program workshops in … Continue reading How “Coach Dom” fights to keep more youth of color out of court

Work begins for King County’s Juvenile Justice Equity group

Rainier Beach-based youth advocate Dominique Davis didn't sugar-coat his feelings at King County's first Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee meeting last month. "I've been to so many meetings, after meeting, after meeting with so many government officials … I'm tired of meetings," said Davis, who's spent years leading efforts to steer youth away from detention … Continue reading Work begins for King County’s Juvenile Justice Equity group