Brushes with the Law: Young New Yorkers, Neighborhoods and the Criminal Justice System

The city has overhauled its juvenile justice system to keep more young people out of confinement and in their communities. In the process, officials, organizers and providers also aim to strengthen families and neighborhoods. How can city government engage communities and tap into the strengths of local groups that work with teens and families? Will community organizations find resources to participate? And how can families and residents hold the juvenile justice system accountable so that it does not repeat old mistakes?

A conversation with: Vincent N. Schiraldi, commissioner, NYC Department of Probation Ronald E. Richter, commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services Ruben Austria, founder and executive director, Community Connections for Youth Sharieff Clayton, program coordinator, CASES Jaime T. Koppel, director of youth and education justice, Children's Defense Fund-New York Cynthia Armijo, executive director, Boys Town New York

Moderated by:  Andrew White, director, Center for New York City Affairs at The New School

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The Child Welfare Watch project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Prospect Hill Foundation, the Pinkerton Foundation, the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, the Viola W. Bernard Foundation and the Child Welfare Fund.