pull the rug out from under our troubled youths.
Juveniles enter youth facilities and group homes with many serious needs for services. Those needs are met by dedicated state employees who work for the state Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).
Now, the state wants to close:
• Adirondack Wilderness Challenge in
• Auburn Residential Center in Cayuga County;
• Brace Residential Center in Delaware County;
• Gloversville Group Home in Fulton County;
• Great Valley Residential Center in Cattaraugus County;
• Pyramid Reception Center in the Bronx; and
• Consolidate the Lansing Residential Center in Cayuga County.
The state is being shortsighted in its rush to close these facilities. The need is cyclical; recent evidence points to an increase in juvenile crime.
Nearly one-third of juveniles placed in private residential facilities are returned to state-run facilities every year. The demand to open beds for returned youths forces the discharge of youths before they are ready to go back to their communities.
That contributes to high recidivism rates.
Don’t pull the rug out from under our troubled youths. Give them the second chance they need to succeed. Tell lawmakers to stop the proposed closures and put our troubled youths first.
Call 1-877-255-9417 today.
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