New York, NY —
The tragic death last year of a Bronx teenager in a residential juvenile facility upstate brought fresh scrutiny to how New York deals with its young offenders. And here's what we learned: 70 percent of the 2000 children committed to state facilities are from New York City. They are overwhelmingly children of color, and are often from the city's poorest neighborhoods.
This week, the Spitzer Administration announced a major re-organization of the entire juvenile detention system, including the closing of a facility in the Bronx and five others across the state. With us now to talk about what these changes will do is Gladys Carrion, Commissioner of the state's Office of Children and Family Services, which oversees the juvenile detention system.