NYC City Council Oversight Hearing: January 24, 2013

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In her testimony before the City Council on January 24, 2013, Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, director of the Juvenile Justice Project, urges New York City to implement independent, external oversight over its youth justice system.

Youth justice facilities are designed to keep youth in custody separated from the public. As a result, the children inside are heavily shrouded from public view. This shroud increases the likelihood that children will be abused or harmed.

A strong body of evidence suggests that one of the best ways to make youth facilities safer and more effective is to make them more transparent to the outside world.

Horowitz-Prisco points out that just as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene makes unannounced and independent restaurant inspections and does not allow eateries to grade themselves on food safety, children in the justice system deserve an equal level of protection.

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