Two-day public hearing on ACS’s Close to Home youth justice plan to be held on May 7 and May 8 in New York City; Court-involved young people, Correctional Association of New York staff members will testify publicly about new plan

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Contact:
Gabrielle Prisco
Director Juvenile Justice Project
Correctional Association
212-254-5700, ext. 315
gprisco[at]correctionalassociation.org

The Close to Home Initiative authorizes New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to submit to New York State plans for the operation of a new city-run youth justice system. If the plans are approved, the city will be authorized to operate its own system for youth placed in Non-Secure and Limited-Secure youth justice facilities. At a public hearing on these plans on May 7 and May 8 advocates and youth leaders from the Correctional Association (the CA) will share their personal experiences with system, their vision for reform, along with their concerns surrounding the use of restraints on children and the provision of educational services.

DAY ONE OF PUBLIC HEARING

WHO:    Youth participants from Safe Passages, the CA’s youth leadership training program for  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) court-involved young people and allies

WHAT:  Will testify about their personal experiences with the youth justice system and their ideas for reform

WHEN: Monday, May 7th at 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm 

WHERE:  Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

DAY TWO OF PUBLIC HEARING

WHO:    Correctional Association of New York staff members Gabrielle Prisco and Judy Yu

WHAT:    Will testify present detailed testimony on the Close to Home Initiative, including specific concerns about the use of restraints on children , oversight and public transparency; and the unique needs of LGBTQ youth in the system.

WHEN:         Tuesday, May 8th at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm   

WHERE:    The Health Building, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 125 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013