Crossposted from Zero Youth Detention
Public Health – Seattle & King County is honored to announce that Derrick Wheeler-Smith will lead the County’s ongoing work to achieve Zero Youth Detention.
As Project Director, Wheeler-Smith will lead the implementation of the Road Map to Zero Youth Detention, which outlines strategies to lead with racial justice and further the work underway to transform the juvenile legal system. Wheeler-Smith’s background in youth empowerment makes him poised to build bridges between juvenile legal reform and the upstream community development work that schools, community groups and County-led programs are spearheading to ensure all King County youth are happy, healthy, safe and thriving.
“I’m excited to partner in this work in ways that will break the generational cycle of jail while removing barriers to social, mental, economic and financial success,” Wheeler-Smith explained. “Zero Youth Detention is about restoring futures and moving us away from a school-to-prison pipeline and into a school-to-wealth pipeline for the historically underserved young people in our community.”
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