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Youth Development Staff To Get Stab-Resistant Vests for Protection

Posted 3/6/20

Youth Development Specialists employed at the city’s juvenile detention facilities will soon be equipped with stab-resistant vests, according to Social Service Employees Union Local 371 of District Council 37—but the union wants a program implemented that holds adolescent offenders accountable for assaulting its members.

Correction Officers, who were assigned to Horizon Juvenile Center after 16- and 17-year old offenders from Rikers Island were transferred there once the Raise the Age law took effect in October 2018, were phased out of the facility last December. Fewer than 30 were still at the facility, mostly providing security.

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