Juvenile arrests and criminal activity were down 17 percent outside of New York City last year, according to newly released data by the state
Office of Children and Family Services Division of Criminal Justice Services.
According to the data, instances of juvenile crime dropped from 14,864 outside of New York City in 2010 to 12,325 last year. Within New York City, formal arrests were down 3 percent in 2011, while felony arrests dropped by 11 percent, according to the New York Police Department.
Meanwhile, juveniles held as state detention facilities dropped last year, as well. Outside of New York City, there was a 10 percent drop in admissions to the youth facilities, from 3,327 in 2010 to 2,992 last year.
The state budget, passed in March, implemented significant reforms to the state’s juvenile justice system for downstate offenders. Under the “Close to Home” initiative, New York City children in upstate facilities would be moved to new programs within the city’s borders. As a result, some upstate facilities classified as “secure” or “limited secure” could close.
OCFS’DCJS’ annual report, which was released earlier this week: