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Changing the Status Quo for Status Offenders: New York State's Efforts to Support Troubled Teens

Published Dec 1, 2004, Tina Chiu & Sara Mogulescu

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In December 2004, the Vera Institute of Justice released an 'Issue in Brief' discussing the work of child welfare and probation leaders in New York State to reform the PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision) system.  The reform efforts in New York State represent a paradigm shift away from reliance on the courts to deal with troubled youth and toward supporting youth and their families in their communities.  The report looks specifically at initiatives in Orange County, New York City, Albany County, and Onondaga County.  Though the publication was written several years ago, many of the lessons from these localities are still salient today.

Reform areas: Community-based alternatives, Evidence-based practices

Categories: Status offense/truancy

Tags: Vera

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