We’re currently targeting the King County Prosecutor’s office, advocating a moratorium to abolish Decline & Auto-Decline from both the legislature and Governor Jay Inslee and working to support and organize kids and families facing auto-decline and within the JR system.
Decline & Auto Decline
Decline & Automatic decline are Washington state laws that send juvenile defendants to adult court under certain criteria. Young people are prosecuted as adults without any consideration of juvenile brain development, the unique developmental process of young people, and untreated mental health issues. They are cruel and racist practices that we are working to abolish for good.
King Co Prosecutor Dan Satterberg
We are demanding King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s office permanently discontinue Decline & Auto-Decline, and return the 13 current King County Declined & Auto-Declined youth cases back to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. And, we demand KCPO expedite re-sentencing for all youth in accordance with Houston Sconners, Ali & Domingo case decisions.
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Kids Are Kids is an all volunteer grassroots organization that was founded in 2021 by family of children currently facing adult sentences under Washington state’s auto-decline laws. Kids are Kids is working to end the racist incarceration of children in Washington state through organizing, policy advocacy, and direct support of families and children facing auto-decline. Kids are Kids is Black-led, multi-racial, gross-generational spanning 5 generations, and is led by members currently and formerly incarcerated as children under auto-decline.