The city has overhauled its juvenile justice system to keep more young people out of confinement and in their communities. In the process, officials, organizers and providers also aim to strengthen families and neighborhoods. How can city government engage communities and tap into the strengths of local groups that work with teens and families? Will community organizations find resources to participate? And how can families and residents hold the juvenile justice system accountable so that it does not repeat old mistakes?
A conversation with:
Vincent N. Schiraldi, commissioner, NYC Department of Probation
Ronald E. Richter, commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
Ruben Austria, founder and executive director, Community Connections for Youth
Sharieff Clayton, program coordinator, CASES
Jaime T. Koppel, director of youth and education justice, Children’s Defense Fund-New York
Cynthia Armijo, executive director, Boys Town New York
Andrew White, director, Center for New York City Affairs at The New School
The Child Welfare Watch project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Prospect Hill Foundation, the Pinkerton Foundation, the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, the Viola W. Bernard Foundation and the Child Welfare Fund.