Video: Community Passageways Community Diversion Program

If you were watching the Seahawks game on August 29, you may have seen an excerpt of the short documentary “Out of the Fire,” which tells the story of Community Passageways, a Seattle-based felony diversion program and community partner in our work toward Zero Youth Detention. Community Passageways uses restorative justice practices and racial healingContinue reading Video: Community Passageways Community Diversion Program

Intersection of Zero Youth Detention and the Children and Family Justice Center

KUOW’s Amy Radil interviewed Zero Youth Detention Director Derrick Wheeler-Smith last week about our work to eliminate the use of secure detention for young people in King County – check out the story here. With the opening of the new Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) on the horizon, much of the discussion focused onContinue reading Intersection of Zero Youth Detention and the Children and Family Justice Center

NEW IMPLEMENTATION DASHBOARD TO TRACK PROGRESS TOWARD ZERO YOUTH DETENTION

This month, we launched the Zero Youth Detention Implementation Dashboard, where we’re tracking strategies, projects and actions King County and its partners are working on to get us closer to Zero Youth Detention. This Implementation Dashboard is a companion site to the Zero Youth Detention Data Dashboard we launched last year to track overall dataContinue reading NEW IMPLEMENTATION DASHBOARD TO TRACK PROGRESS TOWARD ZERO YOUTH DETENTION

How it works: Step-Up and Family Intervention & Restorative Services (FIRS) programs for youth arrested for family violence

Step-Up and Family Intervention and Restorative Services (FIRS) – youth violence interventions from King County Superior Court – are a great example of the Zero Youth Detention objectives in practice. These programs prevent youth from entering the legal system by providing services before a family has legal system involvement; divert youth who’ve been arrested forContinue reading How it works: Step-Up and Family Intervention & Restorative Services (FIRS) programs for youth arrested for family violence

Announcing new Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline awards

Our partners at King County’s Best Starts for Kids are doing great work that supports Zero Youth Detention goals to prevent youth involvement with the legal system and create a society where all kids thrive. Read on to learn about their announcement today of new awards for community partners. You can learn more about BestContinue reading Announcing new Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline awards

Policy updates from state legislative session

In February, we wrote about the 2019 Washington State legislative session bills that King County staff and partners were supporting as a part of Zero Youth Detention. One of the Road Map’s primary objectives is to align and optimize connections between systems, and this includes pushing for policy reform that improves the lives of youthContinue reading Policy updates from state legislative session

Culturally responsive care for LGBTQ+ youth

The King County Superior Court blog recently highlighted the eQuality Project. Run by the Center for Children & Youth Justice, eQuality has been helping King County Juvenile Court Services better connect court-involved LGBTQ+ youth with trauma-informed, culturally responsive support services. These efforts support our primary objective in the Road Map: to lead with equity. We’reContinue reading Culturally responsive care for LGBTQ+ youth

Youth engagement program provides resources and voice to Latinx students

One of our Zero Youth Detention objectives is to focus upstream to enhance positive supports to young people to prevent youth from entering the juvenile legal system. The Latinx Youth Engagement Project, run by the Department of Community and Human Services’ (DCHS) Children and Youth Services Division, is a great example of positive community developmentContinue reading Youth engagement program provides resources and voice to Latinx students