Event Highlights Results From New York City’s Close to Home Initiative

Posted March 20, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Felipe Franco, deputy commissioner, New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services; Patrick McCarthy, president & CEO, the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Ana Bermúdez, commissioner, New York City Department of Probation.

From left: Felipe Franco, New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services; Patrick McCarthy, the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and Ana Bermúdez, New York City Department of Probation

Pres­i­dent and CEO Patrick McCarthy recent­ly spoke about how youth pris­ons fail kids — and how New York City’s Close to Home ini­tia­tive serves as a mod­el for juve­nile jus­tice sys­tems across the country.

Close to Home… from the stand­point of the Casey Foun­da­tion, is a crit­i­cal exem­plar of where we think the coun­try ought to move,” said McCarthy dur­ing a news con­fer­ence on the ini­tia­tive. This is an incred­i­bly impor­tant social pol­i­cy change that we want to make sure is shared with oth­er states, oth­er cities around the country.”

Launched in 2012, Close to Home moved city youth from state pris­ons to com­mu­ni­ty-based pro­grams and, when nec­es­sary, to home­like res­i­den­tial facil­i­ties that kept them in or near their com­mu­ni­ties. This approach — mov­ing away from harm­ful prison set­tings and invest­ing in com­mu­ni­ty alter­na­tives that keep­ing youth in their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties — enables young peo­ple to learn from their mis­takes and real­ize their full poten­tial, even as they face the con­se­quences for their actions.

Learn more about Casey’s work to close and replace youth prisons

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