This fall, CASES continues our tradition of providing clinical training for graduate interns to work with some of New York City’s most vulnerable communities. Our class of more than forty interns join us in our efforts to provide meaningful alternatives to bail and incarceration, educational assistance, employment readiness, youth prevention programs, and reentry services. Our […]
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.