Chief O’Toole’s Statement on Juvenile Justice Reform

I wholeheartedly support this bold step to transform the way our community handles juvenile offenders. Credible research suggests that we can reduce crime by bringing a rehabilitative, public health approach to juvenile justice. In addition to the change that’s being announced today, I also believe we must continue to expand programs that support all of Seattle’s young people early in life, investments that are essential to preventing youth from becoming offenders in the first place.