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Adilia Watson

Adilia Watson is the New York State Youth Justice reporter.

Records Show Abuse in New York Detention Center Where Teen Died

11/22/2022

Records Show Abuse in New York Detention Center Where Teen Died

The Capital District Juvenile Secure Detention Facility, just north of Albany, where Caprist McBrown died late last month. Photo courtesy of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission.
Increased instances of abuse and neglect have been documented at the juvenile detention facility where a New York teenager died late last month, state documents show. 

Lawsuit Alleges New York Created ‘Extremely Harmful’ Shadow Foster Care System

11/16/2022

Head of New York State’s Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agency to Step Down

The head of child welfare and juvenile justice in New York state, Commissioner Sheila Poole, will leave her position in December.

Buffalo Students Voice Concerns Over Suspensions in a Restorative Justice Circle

11/10/2022

Buffalo Students Voice Concerns Over Suspensions in a Restorative Justice Circle

Buffalo, New York students spoke candidly on suspensions and how school norms make them feel in a recent restorative justice circle.

Records Show Abuse in New York Detention Center Where Teen Died

11/1/2022

Teenager Dies in New York Juvenile Detention Facility

A 19 year old held at the Capital District Juvenile Secure Detention Facility in Albany, New York, died while in custody last week.

New York Officials, Advocates Debate Youth Justice Reform Amid Crime Fears

10/14/2022

New York Officials, Advocates Debate Youth Justice Reform Amid Crime Fears

New York lawmakers, judges, lawyers and advocates gathered Thursday for a discussion about the state's 5-year-old "Raise the Age" law.

Parents of New York School Children Want More Support for their Kids and Families

9/29/2022

Parents of New York School Children Want More Support for their Kids and Families

A survey of parents with kids in Monroe Country, New York revealed concerns that schools aren't providing adequate social, emotional or academic support.

Artistic Creations by Young Women in Upstate NY Detention Facilities Now on Display

9/23/2022

Upstate NY Gallery Displays Artwork by Young Women and Trans Artists in Detention

An art exhibit in Catskill, New York shows work by three teens incarcerated at Brookwood Secure Center for Youth.

Judge Brenda Freedman

9/15/2022

A Frank Conversation with a Judge on the Juvenile Justice Bench in New York

Serving Erie County, New York in the Youth Part and Family Court, Judge Brenda Freedman discusses her career path and changes to the juvenile justice system.

Unleash the Brilliance, a Washington-based nonprofit that is a diversion program in King County.

9/1/2022

Youth Advocates Push “Diversion” to Reduce Racial Disparities in Juvenile Court

A new study found that nationwide, there's an "unequal and limited use of diversion" efforts to keep kids out of the criminal justice system.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards

8/30/2022

Lawsuit Pauses Transfer of Louisiana Youth to the Notorious Angola Adult Prison

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to temporarily move incarcerated youth from juvenile detention facilities to a state prison for adults. Photo via Edwards’ website.
Young people and juvenile justice advocates rallied in front of state offices in Louisiana’s capital city today, protesting plans to transfer detained youth to the notorious Angola state prison for adults.

New York County Leaders Say Detention Beds are Lacking for 16- and 17-year-olds Accused of Serious Crimes

8/24/2022

New York County Leaders Say Detention Beds are Lacking for 16- and 17-year-olds Accused of Serious Crimes

New York county leaders say there are too few secure detention facilities for teens awaiting trial, but greater capacity could be years away.

Researchers Call Out Lackluster Education in Juvenile Justice System

7/19/2022

Researchers Call Out Lackluster Education in Juvenile Justice System

All children are entitled to an education in the U.S., but a recent study shows how that promise often falls short when kids are locked up. 

New York’s Top Judge Resigns

7/13/2022

New York’s Top Judge Resigns

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, who presides over New York's courts, announced her resignation early this week.

On Buffalo Streets, Outreach Workers Push for Freedom from Violence

6/30/2022

On Buffalo Streets, Outreach Workers Push for Freedom from Violence

The nonprofit SNUG helps prevent community violence and promote healing by working directly with young people.

Rochester Child Psychiatrist Works with Community Groups to Heal Patients After They Leave the Hospital

5/26/2022

Rochester Child Psychiatrist Works with Community Groups to Heal Young Patients Wounded by Violence

In Rochester, child psychiatrist Michael Scharf is part of a team addressing the trauma of youth violence, and how to prevent it.

Widespread Condemnation of 8-year-old Boy’s Treatment by Syracuse Police Continues

4/26/2022

Widespread Condemnation of 8-year-old Boy’s Treatment by Syracuse Police Continues

In New York, activist groups, residents and Gov. Kathy Hochul reacted last week to a video of Syracuse police detaining an 8-year-old boy.

New York Governor Rejects Legislature’s Proposals to Boost Child Welfare Funding

4/14/2022

New York Governor Rejects Legislature’s Proposals to Boost Child Welfare Funding

The recently passed New York state budget did not include funding increases for foster care prevention or Family Court attorneys.

Finally, More Judges Headed to ‘Desperately Overstretched’ New York Family Courts

3/10/2022

Raising The Age of Criminal Prosecution: How Does it Serve Youth and The Public?

The purpose of the Raise the Age law was to ensure that more youth would benefit from the Family Court’s rehabilitative focus and sealed records policies.

New York Sees Pushback Against Raise the Age Laws

3/8/2022

Calls to Roll Back Raise the Age Laws Reach NY Statehouse, But Find Little Traction

Amid an uptick in crime in recent years, some New York lawmakers are calling to roll back Raise the Age laws that keep teens out of adult prisons.

New York City Mayor’s Plan to Address Gun Violence Would Roll Back Juvenile Justice Reforms, Critics Say

1/28/2022

New York City Mayor’s Plan to Address Gun Violence Would Roll Back Juvenile Justice Reforms, Critics Say

One aspect of New York City Mayor Eric Adams' plan to end gun violence would roll back recent juvenile justice reforms, critics say.

New York Governor Signs Legislation Barring Arrest of Children Younger than 12

1/4/2022

New York Governor Signs Legislation Barring Arrest of Children Younger than 12

Legislation signed into law by New York’s governor will bar the arrest of most children younger than 12 years old, a move pushed for years by advocates decrying the state’s overly punitive justice system.

New York City School Relies on Restorative Justice

12/29/2021

A New York School Relies on Restorative Justice for Campus Disputes — and Children’s Futures

Through restorative justice circles, New York's Randolph Academy wants to help kids find a better way forward.

A Teen Remains At Large After Five Flee a Washington Youth Prison

11/10/2021

Rochester School District Stations Police Outside Schools

School officials in Rochester, New York voted on Tuesday to station police officers outside the city’s 11 high schools when students arrive and leave their campuses each day.

As Student Struggle in Rochester, New York, Schools Consider Bringing Back Campus Police

11/8/2021

As Students Struggle in Rochester, New York, Schools Consider Bringing Back Campus Police

Police and private security have recently been posted outside Rochester City School District schools — an arrangement that could be extended pending a decision by school commissioners.