Threats to childcare and afterschool programs have become a staple of the New York City budgeting process: Each year, the mayor proposes major cuts to the programs. And each year, advocates for low-income kids fight back, lobbying the mayor and City Council to restore funding. The annual “budget dance” between the mayor and the City [...]
In his budget plan for the coming year, Governor Cuomo proposed to close two of the state’s prisons for women: the Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County and the Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan. If the proposal goes through, the prisons will be the 8th and 9th to close under Cuomo’s watch. Some advocates for prisoners’ rights warn that [...]
If Governor Cuomo’s budget goes through as proposed, it could make things even more complicated for children and families attempting to navigate the state’s notoriously unwieldy Family Court system. The governor’s proposed budget allots $2.6 billion to the state judiciary. That’s not technically a cut—in fact, it’s the same total number as the current fiscal [...]
At a city council hearing yesterday, the Correctional Association of New York expressed concern that the Administration for Children’s Services’ (ACS) plans for a new board to oversee the city’s juvenile justice homes would not be independent of ACS. Because the board would report to ACS, Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, director of the juvenile justice project at [...]
The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) announced plans last week to create an oversight board to serve as a watchdog for the city’s juvenile detention centers and placement facilities. ACS is accepting applications for this new board of volunteers, which the agency says will include at least one parent of a young person who has [...]
Over a two-year period, the New York Police Department (NYPD) cut the number of trespass stops on public housing grounds by nearly 60 percent. The drop came after a series of negotiations between police and public housing residents. In general, people on public housing properties are far more likely to be stopped and questioned by [...]
Each year, more than 10,000 teens aged 15 and younger are arrested by police. They begin their journey into the criminal justice system with a visit to an intake officer at the Department of Probation. Increasingly, the trip stops there. In a remarkable turnaround, the probation department has become an off-ramp for thousands of teens [...]
The policy of trying 16- and 17-year-old nonviolent offenders as adults in criminal court has a damaging effect on the lifetime earnings potential of nearly 1,000 teenaged New Yorkers each year—costing them an estimated, cumulative total of between $50 million and $60 million in lost income over the course of their lives. A Child Welfare [...]
Child Welfare Watch Report Vol. 22, Winter 2012/2013 (PDF) In the past decade, New York City has transformed its treatment of children and young adults who get in trouble with the law. The city has cut the number of kids it sends to juvenile lockups by two-thirds, investing in a system of alternative programs that [...]
On January 1, 2014, New York City will inaugurate its next mayor. The new administration will take office following 12 years of relatively consistent and, at times, progressive policy innovation in public agencies that influence the lives of low-income and working class families. In this issue of the Watch we report on large steps taken by the [...]
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- Case Closed: Thousands More Teens Are Now Diverted From Juvenile Court December 10, 2012
- Child Welfare in the Storm: What Happens to Vulnerable Families after a Disaster? November 14, 2012
- A Need for Correction: Reforming New York’s Juvenile Justice System October 20, 2009
- For Years, Half of all NYPD Trespass Stops Were in Public Housing October 25, 2012
- Preparing New Group Homes for Young Lawbreakers June 1, 2012
- Budget Cuts Proposed for Afterschool and Childcare Programs… Again March 7, 2013
- Would Prison Closures Prevent Children’s Visits with Their Moms? February 8, 2013
- Budget Cuts Could Put New Burdens on Family Court January 31, 2013
- The Correctional Association’s Critique of Juvenile Justice Oversight Plan January 25, 2013
- Oversight for New Juvenile Justice Homes January 16, 2013
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