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Report: WA, other states expand diversion of youth from incarceration

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Monday, April 1, 2024   

A new report found states are making progress in diverting more youth from incarceration, including in Washington state.

However, The Sentencing Project reported the U.S. is still far behind other countries when it comes to diversion for young people.

Karen Pillar, director of policy and advocacy in Washington state for the nonprofit TeamChild, said the state has expanded diversion programs to steer kids away from returning to criminal activity, which has opened opportunities to build a better response outside the juvenile justice system.

"If you come alongside young people, if you give them what they need, if you have an accountability measure and an opportunity for restoring the harm, you will have, broadly, way more success than if you bring them through a criminal system, give them a criminal record and put them in a carceral setting," Pillar contended.

Prosecutors in Washington state are required to enroll youth facing misdemeanor charges for the first time into programs designed to divert them away from criminal activity and incarceration, the report said. However, it also noted nationwide, racial disparities exist, with 49% of white youth cases diverted compared with 37% of Black youth.

Dick Mendel, senior research fellow for The Sentencing Project, said there are other benefits to keeping young people out of the criminal justice system.

"Diversion tends to be cheaper," Mendel pointed out. "It's not a net cost, it's a net savings. Even in the short term. And it's especially a net savings financially in the long term because these young people are much less likely to come back."

Pillar noted the criminal system has been the relied upon response for youth for a long time, but has not proved to be effective.

"We can't continue to use the same tool and get a different result," Pillar argued. "That's the frame that I think diversion tries to pull us out of."


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