Addendum to Widening the Lens 2008


The Vera Institute of Justice has learned that Widening the Lens 2008 reflects an undercount of detention admissions (secure and non-secure) for juvenile delinquency (JD) and persons in need of supervision (PINS) cases outside of New York City. Following the report’s release, a handful of counties indicated that local detention numbers in these categories were, in some cases, significantly higher than the numbers captured and maintained by the Juvenile Detention Automated System (JDAS), a centralized tracking system managed by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). This addendum, produced in partnership with OCFS, identifies the source of this discrepancy, offers revised figures where necessary, and reflects on their implications for future reports


Compassion, Not Confinement

How States and Localities Can Help Ensure Humane Housing for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Awaiting Family Reunification

In the first five months of 2021, about 65,000 children were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after arriving in the United States unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian. These children come to the United States seeking protection, stability, and a chance to reunite with their families, but are instead processed at federa ...

  • Shaina Aber, Lauren Esterle, Derek Loh
June 16, 2021