Alternatives to Secure Detention

Last month, the first meeting of the King County Council’s Special Committee on Alternatives to Incarceration was held with Councilmembers Claudia Balducci, Reagan Dunn, Larry Gossett, and myself. The purpose of this new committee is to establish and review recommendations to improve the County’s alternatives to incarceration programs, including electronic home detention and work education…

Preventing Homelessness: Focusing on Children, Youth and Families

Homelessness in King County has reached alarming numbers. Since declaring a state of emergency in November 2015, King County has made great strides in providing additional affordable housing and emergency support services for vulnerable populations. The Best Starts for Kids levy includes $19 million for a Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative to support and shelter children,…