by Ronnie Estoque
Tascha Johnson was a graduate student at the University of Washington in 2018 when she was first introduced to CHOOSE 180, an organization focused on keeping youth out of the juvenile criminal legal system and breaking the school-to-prison pipeline. Sean Goode, executive director of CHOOSE 180 at the time, was a guest speaker in one of Johnson’s social work classes.
“When I heard him talking about the juvenile diversion program that they offer, and, you know, the impact on the community and working with systems to make changes within those systems, that really resonated with me, because I have family that has also been impacted by the juvenile legal system that then followed them into the legal system as they got older,” Johnson explained.
Continue reading Local Community Efforts Aim to Deter Gun Violence
by Luna Reyna, contributing columnist
Brain maturity throughout life was assumed to be largely finished after puberty. A person’s teenage years have been considered a time that a person’s body and mind goes through dramatic change which allows them to transition into self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. Recent cognitive neuroscience has proven otherwise. From the ages of 18-25 a person’s brain continues to develop in the prefrontal cortex, the area that is responsible for planning, prioritizing, and controlling impulses. With this new understanding, policymakers are reconsidering the ways in which adolescent health and well-being are affected in the criminal legal system.
Continue reading OPINION: State Bill Raising Age for Juvenile Prosecution Would Make Seattle Safer
by Elizabeth Turnbull
Local groups, activists, and some state senators have been pushing against state laws that send youth through adult courts and are calling for systemic change and protections for some of the youngest people in the criminal justice system.
At a virtual panel held Tuesday, March 30, panelists, ranging from activist and attorney Nikkita Oliver, who is currently running for City Council Position 9, Seattle attorney Nick Allen, State Senator Jeannie Darneille, and survivors of the criminal justice system in their youth, specifically addressed a practice known as “automatic decline” or “auto decline.”
Continue reading Activists Demand Repeal of Laws Requiring Youth Be Tried as Adults in Certain Cases
by Bunthay Cheam
A collection of proposed legislation working its way through the Washington State Legislature could substantially change sentencing of young offenders, as well as revise sentences for those currently incarcerated.
Continue reading Legislation Looks To Change Youth Sentencing, Offer Retroactive Relief
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Morning Update Show — Friday, Jan. 29
#FeelGoodFriday | Biden to open Obamacare Enrollment | Judge makes ruling on lawyers fees in ACLU protest case | Was the Seahawks statement on Wheeler strong enough? | Disproportionate rate of girls of color in detention | Seattle Promise Deadline Approaching | Food Fri-Yay – Taste of the Caribbean | Cicely Tyson – A life well lived
Continue reading The Morning Update Show — 1/29/21
by Marcus Harrison Green (photos by Alex Garland)
Dozens of tents lined the sidewalk of 12th Avenue and Spruce Street on Sunday afternoon, and more than 200 community organizers, activists, and religious leaders withstood intermittent rain showers to gather for a five hour-long camp out just outside the King County Juvenile Detention Center, in protest of a new center scheduled as its replacement. Continue reading Organizers Camp Out to Demonstrate Opposition to Youth Jail Endures