SEATTLE—Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County today issued the following statement on King County Executive Dow Constantine’s decision to repurpose the Patricia Hall Clark Children and Family Justice Center—Seattle’s new youth jail—by 2025, effectively ending youth incarceration in the city.
From our first meeting with King County Executive Constantine in 2018, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County has called for #NoNewYouthJail. Today, Executive Constantine announced to end youth incarceration in King County by the end of 2025.
The community has been fighting against the new youth jail since it was first announced. We added our voices to that call and never wavered. Last month, BLMSKC issued a written set of demands to the Executive and others that included ending youth incarceration in King County by the end of 2025.
Earlier today we met with the director of Public Health Seattle-King County and members of Executive Constantine’s staff, who outlined the path forward and Executive Constantine’s unwavering commitment to end youth incarceration. That process begins now.
“We do not serve our children, especially Black, Indigenous and other children of color, by focusing our energy and resources on them serving time,” said Livio De La Cruz, board member with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County. “We want a system that supports youth and helps them lead healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives. Their lives matter. Ending youth incarceration is the right thing to do for our children, their families, and all of us.”
About Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County
Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is a grassroots, volunteer-run, social-justice nonprofit organization focused on the empowerment and liberation of Blacks and other people of color through advocacy and direct action. BLM Seattle centers leadership on Black femmes, women, queer and trans people organizing and taking direct action to dismantle anti-black systems and policies of oppression.