Empower young people who make mistakes The Seattle Times says the Legislature would seal “preconviction” records, but this is misleading [“Editorial: Don’t seal all juvenile-court records,” Opinion, April 22]. The bill before the Senate would seal only nonconviction records, meaning cases that have already finished in which the juvenile was not convicted. A young person who is…More
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Open records put youth at a disadvantage As prime sponsor of House Bill 1651, I was disappointed to see The Seattle Times editorial assert that HB 1651 is unconstitutional [“Editorial: Don’t seal all juvenile-court records,” Opinion, April 22]. Until 1977, all juvenile records were closed to the public without any constitutional issue. Currently, records for certain types…More
Let young criminals move on When considering legislation about sealing juvenile-court records it is important to keep in mind the critical role of the juvenile-justice system [“Editorial: Don’t seal all juvenile-court records,” Opinion, April 22]. Juvenile cases are handled in separate courts because the juvenile-justice system has a distinct purpose. The Washington Supreme Court has recognized time…More