Activities

NYJJI Briefing on Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice – February 2015

NYJJI hosted a briefing on The Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice, composed of a group of high level advocates, funders, and Commissioners to discuss the final recommendations and next steps to ensure effective state-wide implementation.

 

“Raise the Age: Changing Youth Justice in NYC – October 2014

NYJJI helped plan this public event, hosted by The Center for New York City Affairs, entitled “Raise the Age: Changing Youth Justice in NYC” where panelists Department of Probation Commissioner, Ana Bermudez, Executive Director of the Correctional Association and member of the Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice, Soffiyah Elijah, Manhattan Family Court Judge Edwina Richardson Mendelson, former Executive Director of exalt, Sonja Okun, and youth speakers discuss the impact of RTA legislation for NYC and how systems should prepare.

 

NYJJI Briefing on Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice – October 2014

In October of 2014 NYJJI hosted a briefing on The Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice, composed of a group of high level advocates and legal experts, working on recommendations for Governor Cuomo to successfully propose and pass Raise The Age Legislation.

 

“Community Connections for Youth: A Grassroots Approach to Pro-social Development in a Neighborhood of Chronic Disadvantage. Phase I: A Formative Evaluation” – October 2014

NYJJI partially funded the Community Connections for Youth sponsored report  and release event  (October 17) featuring Dr. Charles Ogletree and a discussion of the positive results of the evaluation of South Bronx Community Connections report, entitled “Community Connections for Youth: A Grassroots Approach to Pro-social Development in a Neighborhood of Chronic Disadvantage. Phase I: A Formative Evaluation”

 

Youth Justice, Police and NYC’s Neighborhoods- April 2014

As a follow up event to the “State of the City: An Agenda for Comprehens​ive Youth Justice Reform” conversation (in February 2014) NYJJI cosponsored an event with The Alliance for Youth Justice & Safety and the Center for NYC Affairs, inviting the public to join advocates, impacted family members and youth, service providers, community-based organizations and key city officials in a facilitated conversation to discuss youth justice priorities for New York City’s new administration.

 

Families Impacted by Incarceration Part 1 – March 2014

In March of 2014 NYJJI held the 1st of a 2 part series exploring the impact of incarceration on families.  The event brought together leading advocates and service providers working to the damage to families destabilized by incarceration. Key speakers included staff from The Osborne Association, Children of Promise and Hour Children.

Families Impacted by Incarceration Part 2 – March 2014

Following Part 1 of this series, NYJJI organized and sponsored a visit to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.

 

State of the City: An Agenda for Comprehens​ive Youth Justice Reform – February 2014

In February of 2014 NYJJI invited the Alliance for Youth Justice & Safety to share youth justice priorities for New York City’s new administration.

 

“A Cost-Benefit Policy Analysis: Moving the Line” – November 2013

NYJJI commissioned a policy brief entitled “A Cost-Benefit Policy Analysis: Moving the Line” by Dr. Jeffrey Butts and Dr. John K. Roman.  The brief set out to cover the following topics:

1) identify the long-term costs and benefits – over time– of shifting court caseloads and youth placed in supervision programs and placement settings from criminal court to family court systems, and to 2) explore the actual experiences of other states for comparison purposes.  A slide presentation of the highlights from this research project was shared at the Pinkerton Symposium at John Jay College on November 19, 2013.

 

The Secret Ingredients to Effective Funder Collaboratives & Collective Impact- November 2013

NYJJI cosponsored The Secret Ingredients to Effective Funder Collaboratives & Collective Impact, with Philanthropy NY and the Tow Foundation.

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Older Activities:

September 2012

  • Youth Council Final Presentation: What’s REALLY Going On? The NYJJI sponsored Youth Council presented their summer’s work with a panel about youth and leader’s perceptions of the struggles of low-income communities and youth involved with the justice system.
  • Crossover Youth Forum: Casey Family Programs hosted a panel presentation by Shay Bilchik of Georgetown, Sara Hemmeter of ACS, Barbara DeMayo of the Family Courts, and Denise Hinds of Good Shepherd Services, on the national movement
  • Stopping Stop and Frisk: NYJJI cosponsored an event with The Atlantic Philanthropies, North Star Fund,Open Society Foundations and in collaboration with Funders Collaborative

July 2012

  •  Site Visit: South Bronx JJ Investment Tour: NYJJI partnered with the Youth in Transition Funders Group to conduct a tour of South Bronx that focus’ on local community groups who are embracing the mission of Community Connections for Youth and supporting local court-involved youth. Ruben Austria, Clinton Lacey, and Nancy Jacobs presented on a panel.

April 2012

  • Policy Update Conference Call: Close to Home: Presenters from ACS and CCC outlined the Close to Home stages and plans.

March 2012

  • Site Visit: Brownsville NeON Center: NYJJI organized a site visit and presentation with the Department of Probation at the newly opened Brownsville NeON Center. Commissioner Schiraldi and deputy Commissioners Bermudez and Lacey presented new probation initiatives.
  • Policy Update Conference Call: ATD Spectrum of Services: Gerry Foley of the Criminal Justice Coordinators’ Office and Yumari Martinez of the Vera Institute presented on the range of ATD services available to NYC youth and where there are gaps in funding.

Februrary 2012

  • Site Visit / Briefing: Youth Courts in NYC and Other Diversionary Tactics: The Stephen and May Cavin Leeman Foundation organized a briefing on low-level diversionary mechanisms, including a visit to observe a Youth Court, which are successfully operating in NYC which can demonstrate alternative ways to keep young people out of detention and correctional facilities.
  • Meeting with Commissioner Schiraldi & Commissioner Richter: New York Foundation hosted a meeting for the membership with the Commissioners of ACS and Probation. The leaders presented plans for system reform and opportunities to assist in funding.
  • Policy Update Conference Call: Raise the Age: Judge Corriero and Avery Irons of Children’s Defense Fund presented on the proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York to 18 years old for most offenses.

December 2011

  • Briefing: Justice For Families in New York : The Pinkerton Foundation with New York Foundation and The Prospect Hill Foundation hoste a meeting with Justice For Families co-directors Grace Bauer (formerly with Friends and Families of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children – FFLIC) and Zachary Norris to hear about the preliminary findings of the National Families Report.  New York organizations such as Community Connections for Youth and the Center for Community Alternatives have been collaborating with Justice For Families on the data and recommendations of this groundbreaking report.

November 2011

  • Briefing: Juvenile Justice Policy Lessons Learned/Next Steps: The New York Community Trust organized a briefing about the ever-changing juvenile justice policy landscape in the New York. The first session will focus on advocates’ efforts and the second will focus on public institutions (OCFS, Probation, ACS).

October 2011

  • Juvenile Justice and Youth Development: Casey Family Programs hosted a session on the topic of practice and youth development theory in juvenile justice with panel presentations by members of the public system, private sector, and research community.