Kimberly Ambrose

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  • Dec 29, 2016

    Source: The Seattle Times

    King County’s proposed juvenile detention center is too large. It would be better for the county to use the resources to connect youth with services to meet their needs. (12/29/16)
  • Dec 12, 2016

    Source: Yakima Herald

    Kimberly Ambrose, a senior lecturer at the University of Washington who specializes in studying juvenile law, said research suggests that keeping troubled kids out of juvenile detention, instead of charging them, means they will do better in the long run. Once detained, they run a higher risk of future involvement with the justice system. (12/12/16)
  • Sep 14, 2016

    Source: Public News Service

    Young people face a "debtors' prison" when they are unable to pay court-related costs, according to a new report. (9/14/16)
  • Oct 15, 2015


    Kim Ambrose, a University of Washington law professor, said that court debt makes it difficult for ex-offenders to stay out of jail, as they can be re-arrested for failure to pay their obligations. (10/15/15)
  • Mar 31, 2015

    Source: KUOW

    King County is proceeding with plans to develop a new family justice center, which will include a new juvenile detention center. (3/31/15)
  • Apr 02, 2014

    Source: KPLU

    If you were charged with shoplifting or another minor criminal offense as a teenager, you shouldn’t have to pay for it for the rest of your life. That’s the reasoning behind a bill being signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. The law will seal the court records for most juvenile offenders. A lot of people assume that juvenile records are already sealed. But, unlike most states, Washington has  allowed near total access to such records. There has been a process in place to have records sealed. But it takes time and money to petition the court, and only 6 percent of juvenile records have ended up being sealed.
    Until recently, Washington was even selling the records in bulk to commercial background check companies.  That practice ended earlier this year.
    Kimberly Ambrose, who teaches at the University of Washington School of Law, says having juvenile records publicly available in Washington has meant that 12- or 13-year-olds charged with minor offenses have faced consequences well into adulthood.
  • Jan 29, 2014

    Source: Crosscut

    Kim Ambrose, the director of a UW legal clinic for young people dogged by juvenile criminal records, says she sees it again and again: They come in after getting barred or even ejected from housing, jobs, schools, scholarships or professional licenses because background checks have turned up juvenile convictions, sometimes for relatively minor offenses. Her clinic helps these young people apply to get their records sealed — a slow, exacting process. (1/29/14)

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