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Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Daniel T. Satterberg

King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
King County Courthouse, Room W554
516 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2362
(206) 296-9000

 

Dec. 27, 2012

PAO’s 180 Program Celebrates First Year of Helping Young Offenders Make A Turnaround

In January, the PAO will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its official launch of a new juvenile pre-filing diversion program – the 180 Program.  In 2012, the PAO served 353 youths by diverting them out of the court system and into community-based half-day workshops where they learned about the power of changing the direction of their lives.  At workshops, youth hear from community speakers who have made their own 180 and changed the direction of their own lives. 

King County TV recently profiled the 180 Program in this short, but powerful 5.02 minute video.

 

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Facilitator Patricia Flores
at a 180 workshop

The 180 Program reaches youth who are facing their first or second low-level misdemeanor offense, and instead of filing charges against the young offenders in Juvenile Court, the PAO invites them to participate in a half-day workshop sponsored by community members.  The youth also engage in small group exercises where they talk about the issues affecting them and receive personal direction on how to make a change in their lives. 

The University of Washington has conducted a year-long evaluation of the 180 Program, and preliminary results reveal that it is a very effective program in inspiring youth to want to make positive changes in their lives.  The evaluation also shows that the 180 Program inspires youth to view themselves in a more positive light and empowers them to believe that they can make better choices.  Of the 353 youth who attended the 180 Program workshops, more than half were youth of color.  Preliminary evaluation data indicate that the 180 Program is very effective and that it positively impacts the vast majority of youth who attend, regardless of race, age, and gender.  

 

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Donnie Griffin, 180 Program Manager

Diverting young offenders out of our juvenile court system also generates considerable financial savings in public defense, detention and court costs, but a more sustainable value of the 180 Program is to reach young people in a personal way, to get them to express their goals for their lives, and to get them back on a positive track toward those dreams, and away from criminal activity on the streets. 
            
The 180 Program utilizes the power of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and the personal connection of their communities in a unique collaboration to reduce ongoing crime, save county resources and invest in the positive aspects of a future generation. 

For more information about the 180 Program, contact program manager Donnie Griffin at 296-9068, or donnie.griffin@kingcounty.gov.

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