Constantine pledges to close King County adult, youth jails

SEATTLE (AP) — In his taped State of the County address King County Executive Dow Constantine gave a few more details on his proposals to shut down the King County Correctional Center in Seattle and to shift the newly completed youth jail to other purposes. The Seattle Times reports Constantine said his budget later this year will propose a “phased closing” of the adult jail once the coronavirus pandemic ends, and he wants to remove all youth from detention at the new Children and Family Justice Center by 2025. The county does not intend to close its other adult jail, the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.