Task Force Finds Crisis in New York’s Juvenile Justice System

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“In September 2008, Governor David A. Paterson created the Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice to help the state shift from its punitive approach toward a rehabilitative, treatment-focused model of care that promotes public safety, holds youth accountable for their actions, and produces positive outcomes for young people and their families. In its recent report, the Task Force offers 20 recommendations for reducing the use of institutional placement and expanding alternatives; eliminating inequities across the system, particularly those that disproportionately impact youth of color; improving the supports and services provided to young people in state custody and upon release; and ensuring system accountability and transparency.”