OCFS has been unsafe for some many years, it has forgotten how to protect its staff and the youth it cares for. OCFS has had these issues since 1985. One would think that with an almost 30 year learning curve, they would know what works and what doesn’t. Problems and violence abound at NYS/OCFS-run Brookwood [...]

Continue reading about NY. Still unsafe at OCFS. State police arrest seven at OCFS’s Brookwood juvi center

A 16-year-old resident of Brookwood Secure Center assaulted at least three different staff members at the juvenile detention facility over the course of 12 hours while detained there, State Police said. On Wednesday, troopers said they received multiple reports of staff assaults at the center. Charlie Rhinehart was later arrested and charged with second-degree assault, [...]

Continue reading about NY. Unsafe at OCFS – 3 staff assaulted at Brookwood Center in one day

Just weeks after scathing reports about the abysmal failure of the Close to Home juvenile “reform” program diverting youthful offenders from state juvenile justice facilities to inadequate New York City based programs, the Cuomo administration is doubling down on bad policy and moving to close two more centers. Earlier this month Queens Family Court Judge [...]

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TTAPR on February 6th, 2013

Violent Groups Of Teens Leave NYC Businesses In Ruins After OCFS/ACS Agree to Release Youth Closer to Home Violent, thieving mobs have hit New York City.  This is happening the same time OCFS is downsizing their facilities, and shipping NYC youth closer to home. In 2001 there were 2,229 youth admitted to 19 juvenile facilities [...]

Continue reading about NY. Flash Mob Mayhem: Youth-Thugs Causing Chaos In NYC

The number of assaults on staff has increased by more than 500 percent in just five years, from 52 in 2007 to 280 in 2012. Serious injuries sustained by staff members doubled between 2007 ad 2010. Source: NYS Commission of Correction, records through Dec. 14, 2012. Leave it to New York to prove itself seemingly [...]

Continue reading about NY. Violence continues to plague OCFS’ juvenile detention centers

Current OCFS Commissioner Gladys Carrion had a mandate to reduce overtime costs at OCFS facilities. In 2010 she stated that the $12 million dollars in overtime, paid for by taxpayers in 2010 was ” staggering! I mean I think it’s staggering and I certainly don’t want to be the agency that has such a high [...]

Continue reading about NY. As violence and dangerous conditions increase at OCFS’ Juvenile Facilities so does staff’s overtime

There they go again — letting another young gun go free! For the second time in a week,a Manhattan appeals court has overturned the conviction of a teen found packing heat in a crime-ridden neighborhood after a stop-and-frisk. In yesterday’s stunning decision, the five judge panel reversed the conviction of a 14-year-old boy with a [...]

Continue reading about NY. NYC Judges free another kid caught with gun in stop-and-frisk

On June 28, 2012 at approximately 11:12 pm a state police patrol from the Troop K Livingston barracks observed a white van weaving on State Route 23 in the town of Claverack. The patrol activated the emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle. The operator of the van accelerated and continued  on [...]

Continue reading about NY. Runaway from Juvenile Youth Home Berkshire Farms steals van, hits two vehicles injuring passengers while trying to avoid police

So it turns out that the juvenile delinquent whose “stop-and-frisk” pistol-possession conviction was mindlessly overturned by an appeals court this week doesn’t just like to carry guns — he likes to shoot them, at people, too. And he was free to do just that because New York’s criminal-justice system fails to deal forcefully with aspiring homicidal [...]

Continue reading about NY. NYC Juvenile Justice – Why did the courts let Darryl go free?

Four inmates at the Brookwood Secure Facility allegedly attackeda staff member, one of four such facilities in the state under investigation for regular attacks on staff. The attack occurred on Friday night during movie time when Luis Camacho, a youth division aide officer, was attacked from behind, knocked to the ground and repeatedly pummeled with chairs, [...]

Continue reading about NY. OCFS Juvenile Officers have 2nd highest on-the-job injury rates