NYU to Host JJ Panel

For all you New York-area readers: Next Friday, February 8, from 8:30 to 10 in the morning (breakfast at 8:00), the Wagner School at New York University will host a panel called “Transforming Juvenile Justice in New York State.”

Here’s the info:

Location: Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, The Puck Building, 2nd Fl., 295 Lafayette Street

On January 11, 2008, the New York State Office of Children & Family Services announced an ambitious plan to close six underutilized residential facilities across New York State as part of an ongoing restructuring to improve services to troubled children. There are approximately 2,000 children in New York State’s juvenile justice system, most between 12 and 18 years old, and a few are as young as 10. All were under the age of 16 when they committed an act that would have been a crime if committed by an adult. The planned closings are designed to enable OCFS to focus more on the developmental needs of low- level offenders and provide these youngsters and their families with services close to their communities. Another objective is a reduction in the state’s high rates of recidivism.

– Gladys Carrión, Commissioner, New York State Office of Children and Family Services
– Mishi Faruqee, Director, Juvenile Justice Project, the Correctional Association of New York
– Ellen Schall, Dean and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy and Management, NYU Wagner
– Meredith Wiley, State Director, Fight Crime Invest in Kids

Moderated by Erica Gonzalez, Opinion Editor, El Diario

To RSVP, go to http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/nysocfs.php


2 responses to “NYU to Host JJ Panel

  1. Here’s hoping they discuss raising the age of juvenile delinquency in New York State from 16 to 18. Now that diversion is so readily available throughout the juvenile system let’s open it up to older teens. It is so ironic and in contradiction to the image of a progressive state that NY stands alone with NC in having 16 year olds automatically confined to the adult system. Much work to be done.

  2. In NY state 16 year olds are only considered adults when they do something criminally wrong, otherwise they are still considered a child under the age of 21. NY state uses that law to suit their needs. It is very hypocritical that 16 year olds can not drink cannot leagally have sex but they can throw them in jails and prisons. Many parents have tried to get their youths help but have to go through so much red tape they end up giving up. Ny state needs to stop throwing young lives away

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