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Staff, Advocates Push for Better Conditions at Youth Jails as Rikers Steals Attention

Juvenile lock-ups in the city are facing a staffing “crisis within [a] crisis” as overworked guards manage an aging and increasingly listless population of detainees. Youth advocates and union officials are asking for more staff and structure in the detention facilities as the city’s child welfare agency struggles to maintain a workforce dealing with injuries […]

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New York’s Homeless, Foster and Jailed Teens Now Eligible for COVID Vaccine

New Yorkers 16 and older in juvenile detention, youth shelters and foster care facilities can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to new guidance from the Cuomo administration. The Office of Children and Family Services sent a letter to provider agencies Monday night emphasizing that older teens in residential programs licensed or certified by the […]

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Students in Juvenile Detention Finally Being Heard, But Not Seen

Nearly a year into the pandemic, children in city juvenile detention centers are finally having their voices heard by teachers during remote learning — but full video capabilities are still elusive, according to city child welfare and education officials. In November, reporting by THE CITY showed that kids could not be seen or heard by teachers […]

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City Moves to Take Students Off Mute in Juvenile Lockups, But Due Date Elusive

Nine months after the coronavirus pandemic forced a move to remote learning, children in juvenile detention may finally be heard by their teachers while in class. Officials with the city’s Administration for Children’s Services and Department of Education say they are looking into programs that would allow secure voice communication for pupils behind bars, as […]

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City Agrees to Extend Federal Oversight of Youth Lockup After Grim Reports Persist

New York City’s child welfare agency has agreed to the return of some federal oversight of its Bronx juvenile detention center, a court filing shows.  The Horizon Juvenile Center, which largely houses teens being held pre-trial, lost its independent federal monitor in July after the city Administration for Children’s Services took over operations from the […]

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New York City Pushes Toward Goal of Zero Girls in Detention With New Program

New York City’s child welfare agency is teaming with advocacy groups to launch the first city-run diversion program for girls and gender-expansive youth at risk of going into the criminal justice system. Girls Justice — a placeholder name, officials say — was born out of a task force started in 2017 by the Vera Institute […]

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Use of Force Against Inmates at NYC Jails Hit ‘All-Time High’ Last Year

City correction officers’ use of force against inmates reached a new “all-time high” last year, with incidents climbing even as the jails population dropped, the latest report by the federal monitor overseeing the system found.  The overall number of force incidents rose to an average of close to 600 per month over the last six […]

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COVID Kills Staffer at Juvenile Center Where Youth Are Being Sent for Safety

Need to know more about coronavirus in New York? Sign up for THE CITY’s daily morning newsletter. A staff member who worked with youth at Brooklyn’s Crossroads Juvenile Center has died — a victim of COVID-19, her family said. The Administration for Children’s Services has designated Crossroads as the juvenile justice system’s secure facility for […]