Advocates in Washington state are cheering the recent passage of a newly signed bill that aims to bolster the state’s efforts to divert youth from the juvenile justice system by broadening the types of cases eligible for diversion and strengthening the network of community-based service providers.
A major aim of Senate Bill 6550 is to ensure Washington’s kids can receive supportive services closer to home, which has been shown to decrease recidivism in juvenile offenders. It also provides for record destruction and sealing of records upon the completion of diversion agreements.
“This is a victory for Washington’s youth who will now have more opportunities and second chances to learn, grow and thrive without the harms and stigma of court involvement,” said Anne Lee, the executive director of TeamChild, one of the organizations leading advocacy efforts in support of this bill.
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