King County to phase out youth detention units by 2025

Jul 21 2020, 4:37 pm

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Tuesday that by 2025, the remaining youth detention units in the Clark Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) will be phased out.

In a series of tweets, he explained that the CFJC detention wing “replaced an old 212-bed building that was unsafe and inhumane” and was built as a part of a “larger aspirational goal of safer, more restorative alternative for every youth.”

He then goes on to say that the vision has since changed.

With the coronavirus crisis showing the city that “things once deemed impossible are now possible,” Executive Constantine is determined to propose “additional investments to help create healthy and community-based solutions that address the needs of youth and families in King County.”

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