New York City (Re)Embraces Alternatives to Incarceration as Cost of Jailing a Child Climbs
After years of sustained advocacy from the Juvenile Justice Coalition, New York City has partnered with several non-profit organizations to create a new alternative-to-detention (ATD) program for pre-adjudicated youth in Family Court. The initiative replaces the Department of Probation’s prior, admittedly problematic, ATD program, which closed in 2006. The Coalition’s Fall 2007 Newsletter features an illustrative diagram prepared by the NYC Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator (printed alongside the CA’s notably similar model presented to the City in 2004), and details next steps in the ongoing campaign for more appropriate and effective juvenile justice policies.
According to the Mayor’s Management Report, the cost to incarcerate a young person in a New York City Department of Juvenile Justice secure detention facility is $551 per day. That number translates into a staggering $201,115 a year per child. In contrast, the cost to treat a young person in a community-based alternative-to-detention program is less than $15,000 a year.
The New York Times in this editorial today is saying what we at the CA have been reporting on for decades: without any any transparency and accountability, the abuse of people who are incarcerated will persist and those who are responsible will still act with impunity. Until accountability is the norm and not the exception, the abuse -- and in some cases, loss of life -- will continue.Read More
Outside the New State Office Building in Harlem on a hot summer day, prison reform advocates stand with NYC Quakers. They oppose solitary confinement and demand an end to the inhumane treatment of inmates. Right now about 5000 inmates in NY are in the shu. They are in solitary. Some are held for 23 to [...]Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
Attica Correctional Facility, a 2,000-bed maximum security prison in western New York, continues to operate as a symbolic and real epicenter of state violence and abuse of incarcerated persons in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) state prison system 43 years after the 1971 prison uprising and violent suppression by state authorities. The [...]Read More
Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, director of the Correctional Association's Juvenile Justice Project, testified before the New York State Legislature on the Governor’s proposed budget for 2013-2014.Read More