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‘We want youth out of the criminal justice system’

KUOW Photo / Natalie Newcomb
An out of order water fountain at the King County Juvenile Detention Center. Water pipes are old and rusting, and a new building is being planned despite anti-incarceration protests.

“April, do you think youth easily get away with committing crimes?

“In certain cases, yes, because adults think that we’re still learning right from wrong. What do you think, Melissa?”

“To be honest, I don’t think so. I always hear about young people getting into trouble on nationwide news or at school.”

In the RadioActive podcast, hosts Melissa Takai and April Reyes share their thoughts and experiences about the criminal justice system. 

Also in the podcast:

When a young person commits a crime, detention is one of the few options available. RadioActive’s Natalie Newcomb visits the King County Juvenile Detention Center. It’s old, and plans for a new building are underway. That’s sparking controversy with critics calling it another racist institution. 

Hassan Abdi Noor and Sokinna Keo contributed to this podcast. 

RadioActive Youth Media is KUOW's program for youth age 16 to 20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter. RadioActive can be reached at