A Need for Correction: Reforming New York’s Juvenile Justice System A Child Welfare Watch Forum

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


The federal Department of Justice has threatened to take over New York’s juvenile justice system because of violence done by its staff and its inability to provide adequate psychiatric care for mentally ill children. Will the state and city improve mental health services and conditions for juvenile delinquents? The Center for New York City Affairs releases its latest Child Welfare Watch report, which examines alternatives to incarceration that supervise children in their homes and communities; outlines possible reforms in detention and incarceration; and explores whether federal action can open the door to more sweeping change.


  • Larry Busching, Chief, Family Court Division, New York City Law Department
  • John Ruiz, OCFS Youth Counselor and Executive Board Member of Public Employees Federation
  • Sylvia Rowlands, Director, Blue Sky Program, New York Foundling
  • William Scarborough, Member, New York State Assembly
  • Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-charge, Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division



  • Andrew White, Director, Center for New York City Affairs

Supported by the Child Welfare Fund, the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, the Viola W. Bernard Foundation, the Sirus Fund, and the Milano Foundation.


Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Free; seating is limited; reservations required by calling or emailing

Phone: 212.229.5418



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