Governor Inslee Hears from DCYF and JR Youth

March 3, 2020
Governor Inslee and Ross Hunter with three young men

“To reduce recidivism is not only an effort to reduce crime…it’s also to not allow tremendous potential to go unused in our young people...” – Governor Jay Inslee

Last week DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter joined youth from Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR), and many others, to present to Governor Inslee on reducing recidivism and increasing resilience in Washington State.

Secretary Hunter shared what DCYF is accomplishing in these areas, and the work needed to expand services, address racial and ethnic disparities, and remove barriers for these youth. Young presenters from JR discussed their work to actively train staff and adults on effective ways to provide support and trauma-informed care while they are in residence.

As young people release from JR, preparing them for reentry is a critical component of increasing resilience and reducing recidivism. By maximizing partnerships and funding opportunities, DCYF is exploring and creating avenues for youth stability. 

TVW filmed the presentations and you can watch the full video here.