Children and Family Justice Center - King County (KCCFJC)

King County--Your Services Center Project UPDATE

In January, “End the Prison Industrial Complex” (EPIC) filed an appeal with the City’s Hearing Examiner challenging the validity of the City’s decision to grant a permit to King County for the construction of a new Youth Services Center courthouse, office building, and detention center on the site of the current facility at 12th Avenue and Alder.  The Hearing Examiner in early March dismissed that appeal, allowing the City’s permit to stand.

The opponents of the County’s plans to build a new facility continue to carry forth their argument in the political arena.  Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and King County Councilmember Rod Dombowski have written an editorial published by “The Stranger” opposing the County’s plans.

A response to that position written by King County Superior Court judges, Laura Inveen and Wesley St. Clair can be found at

The county makes its case for the new center on the Capitol Hill Blog at


Advocating against the Planned King County Juvenile Justice Redevelopment

Advocates against the planned redevelopment of the King County Juvenile Justice Center at 12thand Alder witnessed two recent victories. First, the City of Seattle Council recently authorized $600,000 from its budget to support community responsive preventative services and other alternatives to incarceration. The funding supports the City’s resolution to commit to a goal of zero youth in juvenile incarceration.

Additionally, King County Superior Court announced that beginning in April it will enact new standards to significantly reduce juvenile detention bookings. According to the Court, changes will also help reduce the racial disproportionately afflicting the current system.

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However, despite recent victories, King County continues to promote the building of a new youth detention and courts at 12th and Alder. Local youth and people of color organizing led by End the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) continue to demand the County and City to end redevelopment plans. Currently, the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is considering whether or not to pass the County’s Master Use Permit to allow for the project. The Squire Park Community Council has signed onto a letter with EPIC, the NAACP, Tenants Union of Washington State, Seattle Human Rights Commission and others to ask DPD to reject the Master Use Permit. Current permitting details can be viewed at Permit #3020845.





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