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New York Brings Youth Home

March 28, 2012
Omote Ekwotafia

On Monday, New York’s state leaders agreed to green-light major juvenile justice reforms by approving Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Juvenile Justice Services Close to Home” initiative. Close to Home is expected to lower New York’s recidivism rates and increase public safety.

Currently, it costs state facilities $260,000 per year to incarcerate one child; however 81% of young boys return within three years of release. 

The Close to Home initiative, included in Governor Cuomo’s 2012 budget proposal, reserves detention facilities for youth who have committed  the most serious offenses and allows for most youth involved in the juvenile justice system to receive services near their own community. Additionally, the initiative will allow for young people to earn transferable school credits while in placement.

Photo: Vetustense Photorogue, under Creative Commons License

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