Recently the King County Prosecuting Attorney's office began a process often times called "restorative justice". This is program where youthful offenders are offered counseling, and spend time discussing their offense, and how it affected others. It may involve meeting with the family of the victim of the crime, and other non-standard conditions.
The reason that this program is being offered is that the conventional method of locking kids up, often times does not work. If you place a child in jail, away from their school and family members, and in the company of other child criminals, there is a strong likelihood that they will not be rehabilitated, and may in fact end up much worse off. After considering these facts, the prosecutor's office was willing to try something new, and it seems to be working.
If you have a child that is a suspect in a juvenile offense you should contact us, to see if we might be able to get them into a restorative justice program, it might make all the difference in their life.
You can read more about the restorative justice program in a recent Seattle Times article here.