Crossposted from the KCYouthJustice blog
By John Knicely, KIRO 7 News
Juvenile justice now falls under the direction of King County Public Health. On Wednesday, King County Executive Dow Constantine unveiled plans that have been in the works since November.
The idea is to focus on healing and rehabilitating the youth offender to have charges reduced or thrown out.
Jahila Moody is a prime example of the desired outcome.
“Summer of 2016, I had a felony and a misdemeanor,” Moody told KIRO 7.
Now she’s a high school graduate working at the University of Washington. She avoided jail time by going through the 180 Program and Community Passageways – both programs emphasized in the new approach.