Staten Island Youth Justice Center

Overview

In 2009 the Center for Court Innovation officially opened the Staten Island Youth Justice Center. The Youth Justice Center operates an array of programming for local youth, with a particular focus on engaging those with justice involvement.  Current initiatives include a teen-led youth court, an alternative to detention program, and a job readiness program.  By offering positive pro-social programming for young people, the Staten Island Youth Justice Center aims to stop the cycle of crime for adolescents while reducing reliance on detention. The comprehensive programming offers all participating young people leadership development and service opportunities designed to promote positive engagement in the Staten Island community.

How It Works


The Staten Island Youth Justice Center operates a variety of programs serving local youth.  Although every program is unique, each shares four main components:

Engagement: Staff work with mandated and voluntary youth to engage them in pro-social activities and strengthen decision making skills.  Each program combines individual sessions with group activities and field trips to expose participants to new ideas and opportunities.

Help: The Youth Justice Center coordinates with local community-based providers to offer ensure all youth receive appropriate wrap-around services as needed.  Staff conduct assessments with court-mandated participants and offer case management services to all youth on a voluntary basis.

Service: All programs provide volunteer opportunities for participants to develop a sense of civic engagement and connectivity to the local community.  Past projects have included serving at a volunteer-run thrift store, park beautification events, and assisting at area museums.

Accountability: For those youth referred to programs as a condition of their justice-involvement, staff coordinate with families and court players to ensure compliance and support.  Each participant receives an individualized-service plan tailored to address their needs and court obligations; staff then work with the youth to support their continued compliance, minimizing re-offending behavior and/or placement.

 

Partners

The project is funded by the City of New York, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the U.S. Department of Justice, and City Council Member Debi RoseA variety of government and private funders also provide ongoing support. 

Featured Research

Video

Family Voices in Juvenile Justice

Family Voices in Juvenile Justice

The juvenile justice system can be stressful and confusing for young people and their families. This 13-minute video supports families by answering some common questions: Who are the key people I may meet? Am I expected to appear in court with my child? What's going to happen to my child? What can I do as a family member to help?

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Publications

The Adolescent Diversion Program

The Adolescent Diversion Program

By Michael Rempel, Suvi Hynynen Lambson, Carolyn R. Cadoret and Allyson Walker Franklin

This report examines the first six months of the pilot Adolescent Diversion Program for court involved 16 and 17 year-olds at nine sites in New York State. The study found that diverting these youth to services does not increase recidivism rates and, in fact, reduces recidivism for those who would otherwise pose the greatest risk to public safety.

Read a summary of the study

Listen to an interview with the researchers

Publications

Adolescent Diversion Program: Research Findings

Adolescent Diversion Program: Research Findings

A summary of the research report The Adolescent Diversion Program: A First Year Evaluation, which examines the first six months of a new pilot program at nine sites in New York State. The impact analysis found that program participation does not increase recidivism overall and is most effective with high-risk youth, for whom it actually reduces re-arrests.

Read the full evaluation

Listen to an interview with the researchers

Contact
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  • 520 8th Avenue
  • 18th Floor
  • New York, NY 10018
  • phone: 646.386.3100
  • Syracuse
  • One Park Place
  • 300 South State Street
  • Syracuse, NY 13202
  • phone: 315.266.4330
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  • London, WC2B 4AS
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