Where will the city lock up juvenile offenders?

Where will the city lock up juvenile offenders?

As part of his $132.5 million budget plan for 2012-’13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced juvenile justice legislation which would cut the number of children incarcerated in state-run facilities.

A large share of the roughly 650 young people in state facilities come from New York City. Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg want nonprofit organizations to run the facilities in the five boroughs, and not ship city kids upstate to do their time.

Today in the Daily Q we ask: “Where will New York City house hundreds of juvenile offenders?”

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What we found

Ryan Dodge of the city’s Department of Probation tells The New York World that of the approximately 650 young offenders held upstate, 350 are from New York City. Of those, 100 are serious offenders who will remain locked up outside the city in secure facilities.

The governor’s new “Close to Home” measure will apply to the 250 young people currently living under lower levels of security.

The first 85 to move back to the city will be those who are housed in “non-secure” facilities. These facilities are unlocked and until now have typically been located in rural areas. The city’s Administration for Children’s Services has recently sought proposals from organizations interested in running non-secure detention group homes in the city.

Another 150 live in “limited secure” facilities, which have significantly more security with features like high fences and gates. According to Probation, they will be returning to the city later.

In a statement, the Administration for Children’s Services said, “We will develop a plan as per the Governor’s bill, working intensively with juvenile justice stakeholders, including judges, advocates, attorneys for youth, law enforcement, community representatives, national experts and others.”


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