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Teen Offenders Running Wild In Two Juvenile Centers, City, Union Say

Posted 9/23/19

Almost a year after the Raise the Age law increased the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, there has been a quadrupling of staff being injured by teens on the job, according to data recently released by the de Blasio administration and the union representing Administration for Children’s Services staff.

The Mayor’s Management Report found that the rate of staff injuries as a result of being assaulted by the teens being held in city juvenile centers rose from 0.07 to 0.30 for every 100 detainees during the past fiscal year. That period—between July 2018 and June 2019—included the Oct. 1, 2018 transfer of 16- and 17-year olds from Rikers Island to Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx, which was jointly run by ACS and the Department of Correction.

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