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King County DPD Training: Youths Sentenced as Adults in Washington State
Please note: this CLE is sponsored by King County Department of Public Defense and not WDA. If you have questions about this CLE, please contact Alison Liu at

The presentation will begin with an overview of laws in Washington state that allow the prosecution of youth in adult court. Dr. Heather Evans, an Assistant Teaching Professor at UW, will then present her research regarding “Juvenile Sentenced as Adults in Washington State, 2009-2019” as well as “Juveniles Sentenced as Adults in King County, 2009-2019” (to be released).

Dr. Evans will discuss the data that she reviewed as well as her key finding that “children of color are disproportionally over-represented in Washington’s juvenile justice system. In particular, Black and Latinx children are disproportionally over-represented among youth convictions, discretionary decline, and auto decline cases. Differences neither in criminal histories nor types of offense explain this disproportional over-representation.”


Heather Evans is a socio-legal scholar who focuses on the ways in which institutions such as the law, higher education, and the medical field interact with marginalized populations. She has conducted statistical analyses, ethnographic fieldwork, and evaluation research. Heather’s current work is in the field of Critical Disability Studies examining disclosure, identity management, and workplace accommodations among people with physical, mental, and sensory differences that are not readily apparent. She is also committed to community based research and does consulting work for local social justice organizations, primarily focusing on disparities within the criminal justice system.  Heather earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington and spent 8 years teaching courses in the Department of Sociology; Disability Studies Program; and the Law, Societies & Justice Department at UW. She joined the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at UW in July 2021 as an Acting Assistant Professor and Research Director for the Northwest ADA Center serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

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