Peacemaking circle pilot shows new path for juvenile justice

King County Juvenile Court and the Prosecuting Attorney's Office tried its first felony case through a peacemaking circle, which incorporated victim advocates, mentors, family members and community leaders through months of what became a transformative mediation. A moderator who led a peacemaking circle movement in Boston is growing the practice here in King County.  A … Continue reading Peacemaking circle pilot shows new path for juvenile justice

King County Juvenile Court changes to cut detention bookings by as much as 250 a year

Spurred by a King County Department of Public Defense proposal, King County Superior Court is making changes this month that could reduce juvenile detention bookings by as much as 250 a year – reductions expected to have the greatest impact on youth of color. The Court is doing that by making two significant changes to … Continue reading King County Juvenile Court changes to cut detention bookings by as much as 250 a year

King County juvenile court judge: ‘I welcome the community’s agitation’

King County’s juvenile justice system has been under increasing pressure from youth advocacy and community groups to drastically improve the way the system works. And the pressure is welcome, says King County Juvenile Court Judge Wesley Saint Clair. The judge described his feelings toward the juvenile-justice reform movement this week in an interview with King … Continue reading King County juvenile court judge: ‘I welcome the community’s agitation’