It’s not uncommon for CASES’ program staff to talk about our youth as if they were family. “Look at this,” Moody laughs, pointing to photos on her cell phone. “When I first started they didn’t want to take photos. Now, everywhere we go, they want to pose and smile.” Delores Moody, known to everyone as […]
New York City’s Rikers Island correctional facility currently houses more than 9,000 people every day, including young people age 16-17 tried as adults and thousands of men and women with mental illness.
Many of these people have become involved in the criminal justice system as the result of factors including poverty, low education levels, lack of employment opportunities, homelessness, untreated mental illness, and addiction. Once involved in the criminal justice system these individuals face significant challenges if they are to overcome the experience of incarceration, the consequences of a criminal record, and the disruption of community networks and—for young people—of the traditional course of youth development.