Strengthening Families and CommunitiesSupporting Kids and Young Adults

Health and Safety in Detention

It’s hard to grow up behind bars, yet many young people are struggling to do just that. So while we endeavor to expand alternatives to detention, we also recognize the need to create conditions of confinement that better protect young people from harm and nurture healthy development.

Other work includes evaluating the start-up and impact of facilities specifically for 18 to 21-year-olds, which could become models nationally for young people who are no longer kids but not yet mature adults, and evaluating the use of social impact bonds to spur good practice in this crucial area.

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Series: Covid-19

Facebook Post Put High School Student in a Detention Facility Now Struck by Coronavirus

In February 2018, Hernandez, upset about a change in location for her special education program, wrote, “I’m coming tomorrow morning and I’m going to shoot all of ya bitches,” on East High School’s Facebook page. She was charged with making a terroristic threat. She pled guilty to third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor offense, a ...

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  • Erica Bryant
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April 28, 2020
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Series: Dispatches from T.R.U.E.

My Old Friends

A T.R.U.E. mentor reflects on how books have shaped his life behind bars

The books would pile up so much that I would send home a banker box full of books every few months to keep within the confines of my property allotment of six cubic feet. My parents dutifully packed them in the storage area of their home, waiting for our reunion. I spent so much time in those books they became my closest friends. Their attention co ...

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  • Michael (T.R.U.E. mentor)
June 23, 2017
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Series: Dispatches from T.R.U.E.

Connecticut’s T.R.U.E. Prison Program Offers New Beginnings

First, I knew I would be a good asset to this program. I know right from wrong and I’ve never been in trouble while incarcerated. Since being in prison, I have come to an even better understanding of right from wrong. Second, there are some things I need to work on within myself so I can be a better person for myself and society. For example, I nee ...

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  • Jordan and Tarence
May 02, 2017
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Young Adults in Rikers Island Jail

Evaluating a new approach to working with 18 to 21-year-olds on Rikers Island

The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) established a new facility—announced during the fall of 2015 and opened months later—to house 18-21-year-olds at Rikers Island. The jail is the first in the country to create separate housing for these young adults, who are cognitively different from both their younger and older counterparts, and thu ...

  • Ryan Shanahan
    Ryan Shanahan