Ties That Bind: Reimagining juvenile justice and child welfare for teens, families and communities
The Center for New York City Affairs hosted a forum on February 2 to review the connection between child welfare and juvenile justice in New York City and the state.
The event, entitled “Ties That Bind: Reimagining juvenile justice and child welfare for teens, families and communities,” coincided with the introduction of Governor Cuomo’s Close to Home Initiative, which would transfer jurisdiction of New York City’s children currently confined in the state’s non-secure and limited-secure placement facilities to the city.
The CA’s Juvenile Justice Project director, Gabrielle Prisco, participated in the forum alongside Ron Richter, the Commissioner for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services; Deputy Commissioner Larry Bushing; Mike Arsham, Executive Director, Child Welfare Organizing Project; and Angela Watson, Program Director, Juvenile Justice Initiative, SCO Family of Services in Brooklyn.
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Reports & Research
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Prison Monitoring Reports
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