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The Bloomberg administration successfully led the charge to pass state legislation that allows juvenile offenders who would otherwise be sent up state to stay in New York City, closer to their families and communities.
Social Impact Bonds
Social impact bonds allow private investors to fund the intervention through a nonprofit contractor and the government pays the contractor only if the program meets its goals. New York City issued the first Social Impact Bonds in America for a project to reduce recidivism of inmates between the ages of 16 and 18 at Rikers Island.
NYC Justice Corps
This program worked with 18-24 year olds who were involved with the criminal justice system. It was six months long and included stipends for participation in work-readiness classes, community service projects, and subsidized internships.
This program was lunched to provide educational services, career exploration, and case management for court involved young adults age 16-24.
Subsidized employment, case management, community benefit projects, and education were provided to young people age 16-24.
Transformative Mentoring: Intervention services were provided to court involved youth ages 16-24 who were on probation.
Advocate, Intervene, Mentor: This mentoring intervention paired 14 to 18 year old youth on probation with paid advocates.
NYC Justice Corps
This program was launched to prepare young adults who were involved in the criminal justice system to succeed in the labor market and address educational needs while giving back to their communities.
Young adults could receive help removing obstacles that prevent access to employment, education, housing, voting, and civic engagement as a result of their criminal records.
Individualized Correction Achievement Network (I-CAN)
This program was launched to provide evidence-based discharge preparation and skill building services to high risk, high need, inmates 19 years of age or older.
Inmates could enroll in the DOE East River Academy (ERA) on Riker’s Island to earn a Regents Diploma.
Mayor’s Steering Committee for Criminal Justice and Mental Health Data-driven policies recommended by the Committee addressed the safety risks and mental health needs of adolescent inmates.
ECHOES (Every Child Has an Opportunity to Excel and Succeed)
This program connected participants with an adult trained in life coaching and paid externships.
Neighborhood Opportunity Networks
Department of Probation staff co-located with neighborhood-based organizations in communities where large numbers of people on probation live. Together they developed effective networks of community organizations, government agencies, local businesses and residents in order to expand clients’ access to opportunities, resources, and services.
Community Education Pathways to Success
This highly structured program combined high quality instruction, personal support, and career development at Neighborhood Opportunity Networks.
Creating a Risk Assessment Instrument and Alternatives to Detention
In 2008, the Bloomberg administration introduced an objective Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI) and a continuum of community based alternatives to detention programs for juvenile offenders. By 2013, the percent of low-risk youth detained at arraignment dropped 63% and the overall rate of recidivism was down by 23%.
Faster Case Processing for Youth in Detention
In May 2008, juvenile delinquency arrests began to be processed on the weekends. By 2013, nearly 3,300 juveniles were arraigned on weekends and holidays and 80% were released from detention by judges.