On Wednesday, June 11, around 300 people gathered at the 2100 Building to discuss YUIR’s and EPIC’s No New Youth Jail Campaign. The audience asked heated questions to a panel consisting of Children and Family Justice Center community liaison Claudia Balducci, a representative from King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office, University of Washington law professor Angelica Chazaro, and Seattle University sociology professor Gary Perry. Perry and Chazaro made clear that the new jail will perpetuate Seattle’s prison industrial complex and disproportionately affect youth of color without addressing bigger problems that funnel youth into the juvenile justice system.
In response to the event, Stranger writer Ansel Herz wrote a Slog post about a letter written by public housing advocacy group Solid Ground supporting the No New Youth Jail Campaign.
Marcus Harrison Green also wrote the first of three planned articles covering the No New Youth Jail campaign for the South Seattle Emerald.
Leading up to the event, EPIC member Elizabeth Brown wrote an op-ed about the new youth jail for the Rainer Valley Post.