Thursday, February 2, 2023

Play

Palestinian advocates praise a new fact sheet on discrimination, Pennsylvania considers extending deadlines for abuse claims, and North Dakota's corporate farming debate affects landowners and tribes.

Play

Vice President Kamala Harris urges Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the House begins the process to impeach the Homeland Security Secretary, and the Federal Reserve nudges interest rates up.

Play

Is bird flu, inflation or price gouging to blame for astronomical egg prices? Pregnancy can be life-changing or life-ending depending on where you live, and nine tribal schools are transforming their outdoor spaces into community gathering areas.

Coalition Demands Moratorium on Construction of Youth Jail

Play

Tuesday, March 20, 2018   

SEATTLE – Opponents of a new youth jail are asking King County to place a moratorium on its construction, which is already underway. No New Youth Jail Coalition delivered a letter to King County Executive Dow Constantine on Monday, urging him to nix the facility.

The group and others say the jail will exacerbate racial disparities already present in the juvenile justice system. In early March, groups blocked traffic in front of Constantine's office in opposition to the project.

Angelica Chazaro with No New Youth Jail Coalition says the number of groups against the project has been steadily growing since its approval six years ago.

"There have been dozens of organizations that represent legal services, nonprofits, different immigrant groups across the county who have all spoken out in opposition," she says. "And so, this is not a fringe group – this is a growing consensus that this is the wrong project.

"If Dow Constantine wants this youth jail to be his legacy, that's on him, but we're going to be pushing back every step of the way," she adds.

A $210 million tax levy to build the jail was approved by voters in 2012, but a Thurston County appeals court partially overturned some of the language underlying that levy last year. Constantine says the new facility is needed to keep kids and the community safe.

Chazaro contends the initial ballot language calling the facility a "children and family justice center" was misleading and that voters did not actually understand they were approving a new youth jail.

Since the jail was approved, King County has committed to the long-term goal of zero youth detentions. But Chazaro says building this facility runs in opposition to that goal.

"We just see that those two things cannot be compatible and that real public safety comes from giving youths and families the support that they need in order to thrive - not building a youth jail and courts," she explains.

Some of the push-back against the facility has been successful. In 2015, King County officials agreed to reduce the number of beds from 154 to 114. The county plans for the new facility to provide more support for families with juveniles in the justice system.


get more stories like this via email

Eye-care professionals say limiting screen time before bedtime, using blue light-blocking filters on your devices, and wearing blue light-blocking glasses can all help protect from potential health risks. (Pixabay)

Health and Wellness

With the increasing use of digital devices and computers in daily life, we're all exposed to more and more blue light. They may be convenient and …


Health and Wellness

Reproductive rights advocates are cheering Minnesota's new law centering around abortion access. Supporters predict it could help in other ways for …

Social Issues

Idaho and the rest of the country are making progress getting higher education to more people. A new report from Lumina Foundation finds nearly 54% …


From 2019 to 2020, the U.S. saw a 6% increase in deaths from cardiovascular disease. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

The U.S. saw a surge in cardiovascular-related deaths during the first year of the pandemic, and voices from South Dakota's health community hope it …

Environment

This winter, volunteers counted more than 335,000 Western monarch butterflies in an annual survey, a big improvement over the last few years…

The death penalty was abolished in Washington state in 2018. (Felipe Caparrós/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

A new book by a University of Washington professor on the death penalty finds support for executions may be motivated by people's own fear of death…

Social Issues

A recent survey offers insight into the challenges with hunger many Nevada families are facing on a daily basis. The "Feeding Our Community" survey …

Environment

City water leaders in Des Moines are considering a $50 million plan to use Mother Nature as a giant water filter to remove nitrates from the city's dr…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021