- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Despite angry protesters who at times shouted at council members, the King County Council has approved a contract for the development of a new youth jail and courthouse in Seattle.

Council spokesman Al Sanders told The Seattle Times the Monday evening vote was 7-0. It was taken after several hours of comments from opponents.

Sanders says council members “took the vote while they were being shouted at.”

Voters in 2012 approved a $210 million levy to replace the county’s juvenile justice complex. Proponents say the old complex is falling apart.

Many speakers read excerpts from a book by anti-incarceration activist Angela Davis. They say children shouldn’t be jailed.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com


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