Hearing to Discuss Runaway/Homeless Youth in NYC JJ System

New York readers, mark your calendar for June 11, next Wednesday, when the City Council’s committees on juvenile justice and youth services will hold a joint hearing on the links between runaway and homeless youth and the juvenile justice system. According to the press announcement, “The findings of the Empire State Coalition’s 2008 survey revealed that 15% of the runaway and homeless youth interviewed had prior contact with the juvenile justice system. This hearing seeks to explore the ways in which the juvenile justice system could better address the needs of the youth and the families it comes in contact with to prevent future homelessness. Also, the Committees seek to learn what DJJ and the juvenile justice system as a whole are doing to address the specific needs of youth who are running away from home while their cases are active in Family Court.”

The meeting will be held at 10 AM in the Committee Room at City Hall. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Culp, a legislative policy analyst on the New York City Council. Email: jculp@council.nyc.gov; phone: (212) 341-0373.

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