Public Debate: Nikkita Oliver v. Dow Constantine

The Peoples Party was live.

No New Youth Jail Coalition hosts a public debate with Intended to be between former mayoral candidate and transformative justice organizer Nikkita Oliver and King County Executive Dow Constantine. Dow didn’t show up so we are now centering our black and brown youth. For over six years, youth of color have led a fight to imagine a future that does not include incarceration as a possible future for children in Martin Luther King Jr. County. Yet, Executive Constantine continues to move forward with a $233 million youth jail project. Join us to learn more as these two public figures who are on opposite sides of this debate wrestle over whether building a youth jail is the right move for upholding and nourishing the futures of our youth, especially our youth of color, in King County. This forum will be a space where young people of color, who are most impacted by the building of this new children’s jail, will ask questions.

For the youth that have been through King County’s youth jail or have been impacted by this jail, please email your debate questions to