Juvenile Justice Reform

Juvenile justice in New York State is a complex network of services and processes focused on providing targeted interventions that help justice involved youth become successful and that keep our communities safe. DCJS plays a role in juvenile justice through the administration of federal funding, data compilation and analysis, support of local probation departments in their diversion and supervision of youth, and technical assistance to promote effective juvenile justice policy from arrest through reentry.

Juvenile Justice Update for 2012 (5/21/13)   
A power point presentation made to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group in May 2013 on 2012 juvenile justice processing trends, including arrests, probation intakes and adjustments, detention admissions, family court petition filings, placements and OCFS admissions.

New York State Juvenile Re-entry Strategic Plan (12/2012)
As New York State continues to reform its juvenile justice systems, transitioning young people from out-of-home placement to positive safe home environments and successful adulthood remains a challenge. This Statewide Re-entry Plan describes the population served, current policies and barriers to effective re-entry, the reintegration continuum and principles of best practice, and provides recommendations for improving juvenile re-entry practices in New York. 

The plan is the result of extensive work by a 32-member Juvenile Re-Entry Task Force, composed of representatives from state agencies including the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Children and Family Services, Education Department, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Department of Health and the Office of Court Administration, as well as local social services departments and probation departments, voluntary agency providers, community-based service providers and advocates for children and families.  This plan illustrates New York State’s commitment to the stability and success of youth and families in the juvenile justice system.

New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group 2011 Annual Report (7/2012)
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) is a federally required board of juvenile justice experts, appointed by the Governor, who oversee the use of federal funding for juvenile justice and convene the many people and institutions engaged in the work of juvenile justice across New York State. This report provides an overview of juvenile justice data trends through 2011, explains major juvenile justice reforms implemented in 2011, highlights major juvenile justice investments under JJAG oversight, and details the state’s compliance with federal juvenile justice mandates.

"Tough on Crime – Promoting public safety by doing what works"
The New York State Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JAG) Annual Report to the Governor and Legislature is now available.  The report explores the state’s juvenile justice policies and details recommendations for reform.  The JAG is an independent, 22-person panel appointed by the Governor and created under federal law to advance the goals of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974.