This report was written by the Queens Neighborhood Youth Justice Council composed of seven young people ages 14 to 19 who met twice a week for eight weeks at the Queens Youth Justice Center. The Council engages adolescents in Queens in public policy issues that affect young people. In the summer of 2015, the Council focused on community-level interactions between LGBTQ youth and police.
This report provides a process and outcome evaluation of QUEST Futures, a program designed to reduce repeat offending by young people with mental illnesses in the juvenile justice system by providing mental health assessments, treatment planning, service coordination and family support.
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?
This report examines the first six months of the pilot Adolescent Diversion Program for court involved 16- and 17- year-olds in New York State. The study found that diverting young people to services does not increase recidivism rates and, in fact, reduces recidivism for those who would otherwise pose the greatest risk to public safety.
This research report examines the first year of a new pilot program at nine sites in New York State. The impact analysis found that program did not undermine public safety and was most effective for high-risk youth.