Legislative Update

Bill No. Description Thoughts
SHB 2746 Concerning mental health and chemical dependency treatment for juvenile offenders Passed Human Services, Mental Health & Housing

Passed Ways & Means

To Rules Committee where they will decide whether to place this on the calendar for a full vote.

SB 6524 Addressing factors to be considered when sentencing youth in adult criminal court for crimes committed as minors Senate rules “X” files: meaning it will not be considered. This bill is dead.

 

SHB 2906 Strengthening opportunities for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders 

Note: This is nearly the same as SSB 6529. The main difference is it originates in the House.

Passed Human Services, Mental Health & Housing

Passed Ways & Means

To Rules Committee where they will decide whether to place this on the calendar for a full vote.

SSB 6529 Strengthening opportunities for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders 

Note: This is nearly the same as SHB 2906. The main difference is it originates in the Senate.

Passed Human Services, Mental Health & Housing

Passed House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services

Referred to Transportation. Passed Transportation.

To Rules Committee where they will decide whether to place this on the calendar for a full vote.

SB 6365 Establishing a lower age limit for discretionary decline hearings in juvenile court Appears to have never gotten out of committee.

Current Legislation in Olympia regarding Juveniles

Bill No. Description Thoughts
SHB 2746 Concerning mental health and chemical dependency treatment for juvenile offenders Adds residential treatment options for substance abuse and mental health issues to be considered “punishment” for a juvenile crime if a whole bunch of people including therapists agree that mental health or addiction is the root cause.

GOOD.

SB 6524 Addressing factors to be considered when sentencing youth in adult criminal court for crimes committed as minors Allows adult courts to consider mitigating factors that are not available for “adults” in adult court so that an “exceptional sentence below the standard range” may be applied if the judge so decides.

MOSTLY GOOD.

SHB 2906 Strengthening opportunities for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders

 

Note: This is nearly the same as SSB 6529. The main difference is it originates in the House.

Adds rehabilitation and reintegration as a purpose of juvenile detention to the Juvenile Justice Act of 1977.

 

Eliminates mandatory motor vehicle related fines

 

Gives prosecutors discretion regarding filing youth violence against family members as an official domestic violence complaint

 

Eliminates the requirement that courts notify DOL of juvenile offenses

 

Requires the court to defer disposition whenever they are eligible except in cases of animal cruelty.

GOOD.

SSB 6529 Strengthening opportunities for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders

 

Note: This is nearly the same as SHB 2906. The main difference is it originates in the Senate.

Requires the court to defer disposition whenever they are eligible except in cases of animal cruelty. If the juvenile makes the motion.

 

Gives prosecutors discretion regarding filing youth violence against family members as an official domestic violence complaint. Also eliminates mandatory arrest in youth DV situations.

 

Eliminates mandatory motor vehicle related fines

 

Eliminates the requirement that courts notify DOL of juvenile offenses

 

Adds rehabilitation and reintegration as a purpose of juvenile detention to the Juvenile Justice Act of 1977.

MOSTLY GOOD.

SB 6365 Establishing a lower age limit for discretionary decline hearings in juvenile court Establishes a minimum age for discretionary decline at 14 from non-existent. i.e. any age can currently be charged as an adult.

EXCELLENT.

Christmas Reflections

Christmas day rolled around and once again we gathered. We heard the choir singing with an occasional giggle and kazoo. Cookies and Red Vines showed up along with Santa and his helper!

A generous spirit was in the air.

Because of donations to the King County Juvenile Detention Center, we were able to witness youth realize the abundance of community. A young woman alone in the world receiving love. A young man with the largest stack of presents he has ever had. We witnessed a Christmas miracle!

One thing that is fun every year is to see the kids put on all clothing they get. They keep putting it on! Layer over layer. They are visibly delighted.

One thing that is sad every year is noticing who is here this year. Again.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the most vulnerable youth in King County. Because of your gifts, grace and mercy were present!

My dream is that it can be Christmas for these youth every day. That the amount of concern shown on Christmas day will be shown every day of their lives. And the gifts given will be given during ordinary time.

#LockdownNation Update

#‎LockdownNation‬
–Lafayette HS in LA– fear of armed suspect after threat on social media.
–Hernando Hills Elem in Memphis — suspicious 911 call from inside bldg.
–3 schools, Trumbull, CT — hoax call re: nearby gunman, the second hoax call there this week.
–Monroe Elem in Norfolk, VA — report of nearby gun shots.
–HS in Southgate, MI — nearby police activity.
–2 schools in Middletown, NY, for the second day in a row — bomb threat.
–A middle school in Modesto, CA – report of man with gun on campus.
–6 schools in Webster Grove, MO — shots fired nearby, suspect on the loose.

Kid carnage today. Brace yourselves.
–6yo Houston boy was shot & killed “almost instantly” & his 11yo brother was shot & hospitalized after a drive-by shooting at their house.
–2yo Dallas boy accidentally shot himself in the leg after the dad, who’d been cleaning several guns, left a loaded gun on a coffee table, & stepped away for just a moment. Son grabbed the .40 caliber handgun & pulled the trigger. The bullet struck him in the leg & continued thru his leg & into another room. Serious injury, stable condition.
–15yo Cleveland boy accidentally shot himself in the foot. Stable condition, no details.
‪#‎BearingWitness

Benediction for Racial Reconciliation

Benediction
Based on hymn, “We Shall Overcome” and the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
By Terri Stewart

When we see evil and injustice
We shall overcome
When we experience bigotry and pain
The Lord will see us through
When we act with compassion and love
We’re on to victory
When we join our hearts to fight oppression
We’ll walk hand in hand
When we are not afraid
The truth shall make us free.
Thank God almighty, we will be free at last.
Now, go forth to love and serve the world so that all people will be free.
Amen.