Juvenile Justice Reform

Page last updated 7/22/18

The King County Bar Association supports both reforms of Washington State laws related to juvenile justice and the construction of a new Children & Family Justice Center for King County.  

KCBA first endorsed the replacement the current Youth Services Center in 2012 based on concerns over the safety of children, family members, county employees, and bar members in an unsafe, dilapidated building that exposes the public to asbestos and contaminated drinking water.  A history of our involvement, including information about our county council's unanimous support for the building which led to the voter of King County approving the building by a 55-45% margin, is archived and accessible from the menu box to the right.

In 2016 KCBA responded to persuasive data that the underlying juvenile justice system was in need of reform.  KCBA created a task force of leading lawyers and judges with subject matter expertise to recommend legal reforms of the juvenile system that the bar could endorse and advocate for adoption by the state legislature.  The Board of Trustees received those recommendations in early 2018 and adopted them on June 20, 2018.  Please see the menu box to the right to learn more about this work.

KCBA members interested in advocating for these reforms are invited to join the Public Policy Committee's new subcommittee on juvenile justice reform.  To learn more, please contact KCBA Associate Executive Director Anne Daly by email (anned@kcba.org) or by phone (206-267-7018).