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


Outside the City, New York’s Youth Defendants Detained Far from Home

When defense attorney Michael Perehinec’s 16-year-old client was arrested in New York’s Tompkins County last spring, the judge at his arraignment decided to place him in state custody. The client faced violent felony charges, making it difficult, Perehinec said, to argue that he should be immediately released and supervised within the community before a trial.

With Influx of Federal Funding, New York Aims to Expand Foster Care Prevention


Child Welfare Reform Advocates Achieve Historic Policy Victories in New York

Amid tired lawmakers reportedly flinging rubber bands back and forth, New York’s Senate and Assembly passed a major two-pronged reform to the child welfare system before the end of a frenzied 2019 legislative session last week.

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Top New York Judge Endorses Call to Address “Crisis” in Parent Legal Representation

Just months after a new offer of federal funding to help represent parents in child welfare cases, a commission established by New York’s chief judge has called for statewide guarantees of well-funded legal counsel and a state-level office to ensure that promise is being lived up to.


Report: “Close to Home,” Juvenile Justice Plan Facing Budget Peril, Produces Better Outcomes in New York City

Close to Home, New York City’s effort to keep incarcerated juveniles in nearby rehabilitative facilities, imperiled by recent budget decisions on the state level, have demonstrated signs of success while juvenile incarceration and arrest rates continue to decline.


New York’s Cuomo Proposes Cuts to City’s Child Welfare System; Squabbling Ensues

Sixteen years ago, in the wake of 9/11, then-New York Gov. George Pataki (R) delivered an impassioned speech about rebuilding his shattered state, starting with its children. He spoke evocatively about the dignity of all children, including a few who wrote poems in the memory of fallen first responders, and specifically about overhauling the education system and expanding health care access for youth.

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New York Officials Battle Over the Fate of Innovative Program For Youth Offender Rehabilitation

In what many New York City officials and youth advocates see as a startling and possibly cynical move, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is pushing a budget proposal that eliminates the $41 million in state funding for a popular city program aimed at improving life outcomes for juvenile offenders.