Juvenile Justice

City Hall hired consulting giant KPMG in 2018 to help manage the transfer of teens from adult jails to juvenile detention. How’s that going?
With a focus on youth employment, foster care and homelessness, Adams’ broad plan has features that excite juvenile justice champions, but his approach to policing and prosecution has some worried about potential abuses.
After a spate of incidents involving students allegedly bringing guns into school buildings, Mayor Bill de Blasio is deploying additional metal detectors to campuses and extra police officers.
New York City’s juvenile detention centers are having a “a crisis within [a] crisis,” fueled not just by understaffing like the chaos at Rikers Island, but also by an aging, listless population, both youth advocates and staff reps told THE CITY.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
City Council members are considering a slate of bills Thursday meant to significantly change the role of school policing.
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.
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.
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.
So-called prone restraints involve adult guards pinning allegedly unruly children on the floor. The move can be deadly.