NYS Joint Legislative Budget Hearing – Human Services: February 5, 2013

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Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, director of the Juvenile Justice Project, testified before the New York State Legislature on the Governor’s proposed budget for 2013-2014.

In her testimony, Horowitz-Prisco urges legislators to:

  • end New York’s shameful practice of prosecuting children in adult courts and housing children in adult jails and prisons;
  • expand the Close to Home initiative to upstate counties;
  • require counties to submit plans to the state and public demonstrating how they would effectively serve youth impacted by the Close to Home initiative before the transfer of “jurisdiction, funds and actual living children.”
  • publicly release data about the well-being of children in government custody, and develop mechanisms for independent, external oversight for youth in the state’s care; and,
  • legislators to amend proposed budget language which opens the door to privatization of New York’s youth justice facilities.

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