Peacemaking circle pilot shows new path for juvenile justice

Crossposted from King County Youth Justice

Rimon and his mother benefited from this new program.

Rimon and his mother benefited from this new program.

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.

Rimon and his mother both invested in the first King County Juvenile Court felony case to be resolved through a peacemaking circle, a process inspired by Native American traditions.

A week before Rimon’s 16th birthday, his mother was busy in the kitchen when she heard her son heading out the door. “We have a dental appointment today,” Nura Sayed reminded him. “We need to leave soon.”

“Okay, I’ll be right back,” Rimon told her. Fifteen minutes later, he returned, and the two drove to the dental office, located in the building where Rimon’s family used to live in Seattle’s New Holly Park.

This new youth justice pilot was also featured in Governing Magazine, which also highlights several quotes from prosecutor, Jimmy Hung. Read more here.

Read more at King County Youth Justice