The Pandemic in Juvenile Facilities


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

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Dozens of young people locked up in California’s youth prison system have tested positive for COVID-19 — the latest outbreak at facilities that have struggled to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

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Illustration of a family of four, including one baby, with all but the baby wearing masks for story "Fewer Hennepin County Children in Foster Care are Reunified with Family"


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


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.

More details on California relief funds for current, former foster youth


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.

Kids County 2021 Report Paints Troubling Picture of Pandemic Effects


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.

    Administration for Children's Services Commissioner David Hansell said they'd seen no indicators of an increase in undetected child abuse during the pandemic.


    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.

    COVID testing low in New York's youth prisons


    ‘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.

    Juvenile defenders argue virtual court has its disadvantages


    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.