Care & Closure June 2023 Newsletter

Care and Closure

May 2023 Care & Closure Monthly Newsletter

A Message from our Care & Closure Project Team

Care & Closure: a plan for youth healing, accountability, and community safety. This is King County’s effort to expand community-based alternatives to secure youth detention and close the youth detention center – centered on youth well-being and care, accountability, and community safety. Each month, we share project updates and upcoming opportunities to be involved.

We’ve Launched Subcommittees!

The Advisory Committee has launched subcommittees to bring in more unique perspectives to this work and focus on developing recommendations. The subcommittees are centered on three elements of this work:  

  1. Identifying alternatives to secure youth detention and placements  
  2. Strengthening community infrastructure  
  3. Engaging impacted communities 

We are seeking impacted youth, family members, and harmed community members to be part of the subcommittees and use their experiences to shape the recommendations. You can express your interest here, and community members can receive $50/hour compensation for participating.  

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Join the Advisory Committee Meeting

Join us at our next Advisory Committee meeting today, Monday, June 26, 2023 from 4 to 5:30 pm. The meeting will be virtual and open to the public. You can find more information about the meeting and previous meetings here.

We are seeking additional young people with experience in the youth legal system, parents and family members, and harmed community members to help create recommendations for community-based alternatives to youth detention. If you know of someone who might be interested, please let us know

What We’re Learning about in King County  

There’s incredible work happening across King County to support youth impacted by the legal system. The Juvenile Court’s Juvenile Therapeutic Response and Accountability Court (JTRAC) model was recently highlighted nationally on a podcast by the RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice (listen here). Learn more about JTRAC here and Juvenile Court Services hereWe will highlight different efforts from our community and systems partners in future email updates.

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Help Others Get Connected

Please share this monthly newsletter to anyone you think might be interested in learning about this effort. Folks can sign up to get these monthly newsletters and project updates here. Folks can also learn more about the project on the website here. Lastly, check out our new two-pager if you want a high-level summary of the project here. Translated versions of the two-pager are available on the project website here.

Do you have any questions or want to get involved in this project? Connect with us!

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