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File #: Res 0024-2018    Version: * Name: NYC Administration of Children’s Services to fund and Criminal Court Judges to use the Positive Alternative Towards Home program.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Juvenile Justice
On agenda: 1/31/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York City Administration of Children's Services to fund and Criminal Court Judges to use the Positive Alternative Towards Home program.
Sponsors: Fernando Cabrera
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Attachments: 1. January 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda

Res. No. 24

 

Resolution calling upon the New York City Administration of Children’s Services to fund and  Criminal Court Judges to use the Positive Alternative Towards Home program.

 

By Council Member Cabrera

 

                     Whereas, In April 2011, the New York City Administration of Children’s Services (“ACS”) began a pilot program called Positive Alternative Towards Home (“PATH”); and

                     Whereas, The PATH program involves using electronic monitoring so that youth who would normally be in secure detention as alleged Juvenile Offenders (“JO’s”) can return to the community as they await adjudication; and

                     Whereas, Many young offenders can be effectively rehabilitated through community-based supervision and intervention; and

                     Whereas, The PATH program includes support and supervision from community-based organizations; and

                     Whereas, Residential care is costly and community based alternative programs that

divert juvenile offenders from residential care are cost effective and improve outcomes for children; and

                     Whereas, The goal of PATH is to keep youth in the community pending adjudication while minimizing risk to the community; and

                     Whereas, PATH is a performance-based program where youth can significantly influence their outcome based on their behavior; and

                     Whereas, An electronic monitoring device is used to measure the youth’s compliance with curfew and other court-ordered conditions and restrictions, as well as to monitor school and program attendance; and

                    Whereas, The PATH program is in line with ACS’ efforts to step down youth from secure detention to non-secure detention as well as from detention to community-based alternatives; and

                     Whereas, It must be a priority for New York City to maintain public safety while providing effective alternatives to incarceration that allow court involved youth to remain safely with their families in their communities; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York City Administration for Children’s Services to fund and Criminal Court Judges to use the Positive Alternative Towards Home program.

 

BG/JDK

LS 6351 / Reso 973/2016

LS #471

12/20/17