• Over the objections of the mayor and police commissioner, the New York City Council early Thursday morning approved by veto-proof majorities a pair of bills aimed at increasing oversight of the Police Department and expanding New Yorkers’ ability to sue over racial profiling by officers. Read more here


  • President’s Budget Includes Crucial Funding for Juvenile Justice. This year, President Barack Obama’s budget reflects more of the juvenile justice field’s priorities than ever before. These funding proposals will be crucial in advancing juvenile justice reforms in a number of ways. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) has provided critical federal funding for nearly 40 years, under the Title II formula grant funds, to states to comply with a set of minimum requirements designed to protect children and meet their unique needs. The president’s budget includes $70 million under Title II for states to utilize in keeping status offenders from being detained, removing children from adult jails and lock ups, and reducing the disparate treatment of youth of color in the juvenile justice system. Read more here


  • There has been a troubling shift in the nation’s responses to at-risk youth over the past 25 years. The creators of the juvenile justice system originally viewed it as a system for providing prevention, protection, and redirection to youth, but it is more common for juveniles today to experience tough sanctions and adult-type punishments instead. While reforms are underway in many places, there remains an urgent need to reframe our responses to juvenile delinquency. For a national perspective on juvenile justice in the US read more here


  • New York’s juvenile justice system is slowly being overhauled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Close To Home initiative, a set of proposals designed to keep youth close to their communities and facilitate their return to society. For a quick summary along with praise and critiques read more here


  • Raye Barbieri, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Youth and Family Justice at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) shares her work related to reentry planning for young people in juvenile detention and placement. To read her testimony click here




neighborhood breakdown of juvenile justice demographics in NYC

neighborhood breakdown of juvenile justice demographics in NYC



  • Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to attend Justice Delayed – An Examination of the Ken Burns Film: The Central Park Five as panel members, including involved film makers, a subject from the film, and discussion leader and host of DemocracyNow! Amy Goodman among others all discuss the film and the state of juvenile justice as it stands today. Find out details here


  • Meeting Agenda: The preliminary agenda for this meeting includes:  presentations on and discussion of the June 2013 National Academy of Sciences report entitled: Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach. For details on where, when and how to register click here