The Road Map to Zero Youth Detention is King County’s strategic plan to not only further reduce the use of secure detention for youth, but to launch this County on a journey to eliminate it.
The Road Map to Zero Youth Detention makes the case for why getting to zero is essential.
Building on 20 years of reducing the secure detention population, this region starts the journey to Zero Youth Detention with momentum. Informed by youth and their families, communities, and employees whose work touches the lives of youth, the Road Map outlines practical solutions designed to improve community safety, help young people thrive, keep youth from entering the juvenile legal system, divert youth from further juvenile legal system involvement, and support strong communities.
This Road Map is a work in progress. The ultimate destination is Zero Youth Detention, but the journey itself is expected to yield changes in systems, policies, and services leading to better outcomes for youth and communities. To drive this work, King County is using a public health approach for Zero Youth Detention, bringing together community and system partners guided by science on positive youth development to understand and implement what best promotes the well-being of youth and families and community safety.
Diving into the Road Map
The Road Map is structured into three levels:
- Objectives: Five overarching goals of Zero Youth Detention
- Strategies: Means for achieving the objectives
- Action Items: Specific steps or tactics to move the needle on strategies and objectives
To further explore these Road Map components, read the new blog series, Diving into the Road Map.
The first installments in this series dive deeper into the five Road Map objectives:
Objective 1. Lead
Lead with racial equity.
Objective 2. Prevent
Prevent youth from entering the juvenile legal system by focusing upstream and on systems to have the greatest impact.
Objective 3. Divert
Divert youth from further law enforcement, formal legal processes, and secure detention into community based options.
Objective 4. Support
Support youth and families to reduce recurrence of legal system involvement and increase healthy outcomes.
Objective 5. Align
Align and optimize connections between systems to increase effectiveness.
Stay tuned to the blog for upcoming posts in the Diving into the Road Map series.