Juvenile Justice Advocacy

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, a program which allows youth from New York City to reside in small juvenile justice settings in and near New York City when placed outside of the home by the Family Court.  Prior to the Close to Home Initiative, youth were placed in settings outside of New York City which posed significant barriers to family visitation, resulted in inadequate educational credit attainment and which had documented histories of inadequate conditions for youth. CDF-NY is a member of multiple Coalitions throughout the city and state with focused efforts addressing conditions of confinement for youth in juvenile detention and placement, the specific needs of LGBTQ system-impacted youth, and decreasing the incarceration of girls and young women.