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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
The stairwell of Kis (pronounced “kiss”) Ravelin’s building in the Washington Houses, a two-block cluster of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in East Harlem, could double for that of almost any public housing high rise in the city: Mustard-yellow walls rise up from a run of concrete steps, seeping a faint smell of SpaghettiOs and disinfectant. At the [...]
The day after Hurricane Sandy blew through the eastern seaboard, a social worker in Manhattan was frantic to track down a little girl on Long Island. The child is 2 years old and lives with her foster mother in a neighborhood that had been slammed by the storm. She had a tracheotomy when she was [...]
People in New York City public housing are subject to more than double their share of police stops, according to government data recently filed in a class action lawsuit over police practices in public housing. Tenants of the New York City Housing Authority make up about five percent of the city’s population. In each of [...]
After months of high-stakes volleying, a new coalition of childcare and afterschool advocates has won a decided victory in the latest round of New York City budget ping-pong: Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council announced a deal on Monday to save slots for about 47,000 children in programs that were set to be slashed in the [...]
It’s been more than a year since Mayor Bloomberg announced that he wanted to pull New York City kids out of state-run juvenile justice facilities, sending them instead to a new system of programs and lockups controlled by the city. Until recently, details of the city’s plan have been scarce: What would the city’s system [...]
The state legislature printed its budget bills today and Governor Cuomo’s “Close to Home” proposal is officially in. The plan would allow New York City to build its own residential placement system for kids who are currently sent to “limited secure” and “nonsecure” juvenile prisons run by the state. (For details, see our story here.) [...]
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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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