Brushes with the Law: Young New Yorkers, Neighborhoods and the Criminal Justice System

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

Brushes with the Law

A Child Welfare Watch forum presented by the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School and the New York Juvenile Justice Initiative

The city has overhauled its juvenile justice system to keep more young people out of confinement and in their communities. In the process, officials, organizers and providers also aim to strengthen families and neighborhoods. How can city government engage communities and tap into the strengths of local groups that work with teens and families? Will community organizations find resources to participate? And how can families and residents hold the juvenile justice system accountable so that it does not repeat old mistakes?

A conversation with:

  • Vincent N. Schiraldi, commissioner, NYC Department of Probation
  • Ronald E. Richter, commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
  • Ruben Austria, founder and executive director, Community Connections for Youth
  • Sharieff Clayton, program coordinator, CASES
  • Jaime T. Koppel, director of youth and education justice, Children's Defense Fund-New York
  • Cynthia Armijo, executive director, Boys Town New York

Moderated by:

  • Andrew White, director, Center for New York City Affairs at The New School

The Child Welfare Watch project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Prospect Hill Foundation, the Pinkerton Foundation, the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, the Viola W. Bernard Foundation and the Child Welfare Fund. 


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

Admission is free but you must reserve a seat: RSVP.

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Phone: 212.229.5400

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