City Starts Taking Custody of Upstate Juvenile Offenders

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that the city's efforts to move juvenile delinquents from upstate facilities to placements in New York City where they will be closer to home is underway.

Sixty teens already have been placed within the five boroughs and up to 200 more are in the process of being transferred to about 35 facilities that will house the youth, according to the Administration for Children's Services.

"It's in everyone's best interest to make sure that these kids get an education and stop the vicious cycle of going in and out of the criminal justice system," Bloomberg said at Passages, an accredited school for juvenile offenders.