Top Stories of 2021: The Pandemic in Juvenile Facilities
In 2021, The Imprint reported on what went on in the early days of the pandemic in juvenile lockups, and what challenges persisted.
New Round of COVID-19 Infections Hits California Youth Prisons
National Foster Care Population Down 4% Amid Pandemic
The number of youth living in the formal foster care system in America dropped significantly during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data collected by The Imprint, declining 4% in the first 12 months of the nation’s response to the ongoing health crisis.
New York City’s Child Welfare Agency Tells Service Providers to Vaccinate Teens — Even Without Parent Consent
New York City’s child welfare agency told certain service providers they should vaccinate 16- and 17-year-olds against COVID-19, even without parental approval.
One-time Pandemic Cash Assistance Now Available to Foster Youth in New York
Sixteen long, grueling months after the pandemic upended daily life in New York, young people who were in foster care after their 14th birthday can now apply to the state for one-time direct cash assistance.
Influential Kids Count 2021 Report Paints Troubling Picture of Pandemic Effects
This year’s Kids Count Data Book, an annual snapshot of the well-being of children, paints a troubling picture of how the pandemic affected American families.
No Evidence of Pandemic Child Abuse Surge in New York City, But Some See Other Crises For Child Welfare System
Reports of child abuse in NYC dropped after the coronavirus struck and have not returned to previous levels, but some warn of other crises.
‘Unconscionable:’ Suspected Cases of COVID-19 Far More Widespread Than Previously Known in New York’s Youth Prisons, While Vaccinations Lag
New York's juvenile justice system publicly reports low numbers of COVID-19 cases. Unreleased records suggest the virus spread further among youth and staff.
Let’s Not Stick With Remote Court Hearings After Pandemic, Juvenile Defenders Say
Virtual hearings may have been a necessary precaution for the past 14 months because of the pandemic, but a new report from the National Juvenile Defender Center says they take a toll on the legal rights of juvenile defendants and should not remain a normal practice once it’s safe to gather in court again.