‘Restorative justice’ is the name of the game for juvenile offenders in King County. At least that is what one King County prosecutor recently told a group of South Sound law enforcement officials – no jail time for juveniles suspected of committing crime in King County, even violent crime. Check out RCW 13.40.070.
It is expected that in 2022 – and beyond – juveniles who commit crime in King County will be enrolled in restorative justice programs, as opposed to being prosecuted and/or doing jail time. Some argue that restorative justice is too light of an approach for fighting crime, and that more prosecution and jail time needs to be in the mix – especially for violent offenders.
Recently, a new program – Restorative Community Pathways (‘RCP’) – was implemented. RCP is a “restorative justice” program that provides alternatives to jail time. Rather than going in front of a judge, RCP participants go in front of a community panel of activists. That panel decides how the participant can be held accountable. The program started in November 2020; it nixes the court processing of defendants. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office expects to forward a whopping 40% of its juvenile cases to RCP in 2022, with plans to send an even more in the coming years.
Some are worried that RCP will simply create a crime surge. Time will tell, of course. So, stay tuned, things could get quite interesting on the criminal justice front for juveniles.
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