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Vaccinate Teens Without Parental Consent, City Child Welfare Agency Says

Lawyers for youth and families push back on new policy that allows foster care and juvenile justice homes to give vaccines to 16- and 17-year-olds even if mom or dad objects.

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New School Year Brings New Concerns of Pandemic ‘Educational Neglect’ Child Welfare Probes

Mayor de Blasio tried Wednesday to reassure parents there won’t be a repeat of last year when, as THE CITY revealed, some families were investigated during remote-learning simply because they didn’t have internet or get their city-issued iPads.

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School Policing Questioned as Students Return to Classrooms Amid Pandemic Stress and Security Revamp

The restarting of fully in-person classes means a comeback for thousands of school safety agents alongside a million students to city public schools in less than a month. That’s reignited a raging debate over what role cops should have in classrooms.

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Department of Investigation Confirms Probe of NYPD Gang Database After Advocates Rally

The DOI on Tuesday revealed it began investigating the Criminal Group Database in 2018 — and told THE CITY the examination is "now in its final stages." The news came after a coalition of activist groups renewed calls for a look into the controversial files.

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Cops Defend Taking Kids’ Phones as Others Decry Rampant Practice at Council Hearing

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Mayor, City Council Dial Up Anger Over NYPD Phone Seizures

The mayor’s office is looking into how it might get phones back into kids’ hands quicker after they are taken by police, following THE CITY’s report. Council members, meanwhile, are demanding more data — and action.

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When NYPD Takes Kids’ Phones, They’re Disconnecting a Pandemic Lifeline

Cops seized more 55,000 phones from arrestees last year and gave back 60% of them. It’s bad enough for adults. But children, parents and juvenile justice advocates say that when a young person’s phone is taken during the pandemic, the loss goes beyond frustration.

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A Brooklyn Teen Refused to Waive his Miranda Rights. But the NYPD’s Questioning Didn’t Stop There, Video Shows

A statewide coalition of 60 juvenile justice organizations, public defenders, churches, elected officials and youth groups are holding a "digital rally" Thursday to launch the "Right2RemainSilent" campaign.

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

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Students in Juvenile Detention Finally Being Heard, But Not Seen

Children still can’t speak to one other or the teacher together as a virtual class, and video is limited. Schooling behind bars is one of the issues the City Council is expected to tackle Friday in a hearing on COVID-19 and the juvenile justice system.

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Proposed Reforms to School Policing Would Limit Arrests, Use of Handcuffs and Hospital Transfers

City Council members are considering a slate of bills Thursday meant to significantly change the role of school policing.

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After ‘Horrifying’ Rochester Arrest, City Advocates Call on Cuomo to Keep Kids Out of Cop Hands

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Youth Find Silver Lining in Child Welfare Shift to Telehealth During Pandemic

A new survey by city medical and mental health providers for the child welfare system discovered online therapy means more kids are getting help. There’s a growing push to keep the system in place when the COVID-19 crisis ends.

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NYPD Pull-Out Experiment in Brownsville to Expand Elsewhere, Chief Says

A five-day pilot program that put community organizations and city agency reps in place of cops on patrol has been hailed as a successful example of "defund the police" — and is set to next grow in northern Brooklyn.

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

Nine months after being forced to reckon with remote-learning for kids in detention centers, the city’s Administration for Children’s Services and Department of Education are trying to figure out how to get students’ voices heard.

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State Moves to Ban Face-Down Restraining Hold at Foster Care Facilities

So-called prone restraints involve adult guards pinning allegedly unruly children on the floor. The move can be deadly.

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Stuck on Mute: Kids in Juvenile Lockups Can’t Be Seen or Heard by Teachers During Remote Learning

The end of in-person schooling is being felt even worse by children in city detention centers due to strict online instruction rules. Advocates say the students risk being left further behind.

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

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Child Welfare Chief Urges Higher Bar to Launch Investigations Following School-Tech Family Probes

City Council hearing on race in the child welfare system highlighted disparities on how families whose kids were unplugged from online school got treated by the system.

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A Young Prisoner’s Dilemma: Freedom or a Risky Shot at Clearing His Name

Prakash Churaman, 21, has been behind bars since age 15, convicted in a Queens murder. But he’s turning down a plea deal that could set him free — and is ready to risk a new trial that could send him away for decades.