juvenile justice

Scott Willis / WAER News

The treatment of juveniles at the Onondaga County Justice Center is about to change after a settlement that ends the routine practice of placing 16 and 17 year-olds in solitary confinement for weeks and even months at a time.  The agreement comes nine months after a lawsuit was filed on behalf of the teens.

The suit was brought by Legal services of Central New York and the New York Civil Liberties Union.  LSCNY  staff attorney Josh Cotter says they wanted to show that jail deputies shouldn’t be treating juveniles the same as adults…


  New York is throwing fewer than half the children and teens in jail than it did a decade ago.  The state was singled out by the National Juvenile Justice Network, which is trying to further reduce youth incarceration.  


A coalition of criminal justice, children’s and civil rights groups is trying to change how teenagers are treated in the New York’s criminal justice system.  They want to keep young people accountable if they’ve committed a crime…but also preserve their future.