Re: “Juvenile justice: Address the complex needs of youth in system” [Feb. 6, Opinion]:

I appreciated reading Judge Michael Diaz’ perspective, having been a substitute teacher in the old juvenile-justice center; having been on the School Board when judges lobbied the school district strenuously to extend its support of education programs associated with the center; and having witnessed news-media coverage that seemed to deny the enormous amount of care and concern that goes into attempting to support youth in detention.

Diaz’ “keep it complicated” wisdom acknowledges the incredibly intricate web of supports that are needed in our juvenile-justice system, the profound impact that the system has on our youth and the unfathomable needs of the youth who are brought there.

Marty McLaren, Seattle