Juvenile Justice Advocacy

In New York State, youth ages 7—15 can be arrested and charged with juvenile delinquency. CDF-NY advocates for youth charged with juvenile delinquency to ensure they are provided interventions and resources to adequately address their needs and prevent re-entry. We monitor the roll-out and implementation of the Close to Home Initiative. CDF-NY is a member of the New York Juvenile Justice Coalition’s “Conditions of Confinement” and “LGTQ” workgroups with focused efforts respectively addressing conditions of youth in all forms of juvenile detention and placement as well as the specific needs of LGBTQ system-impacted youth. We sit on two subcommittees of New York City’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee which, respectively, address the educational needs of juvenile justice system involved youth and early response and diversion for youth at risk of juvenile justice system involvement.