Strengthening Families and CommunitiesSupporting Kids and Young Adults

Health and Safety in Detention

It’s hard to grow up behind bars, yet many young people are struggling to do just that. So while we endeavor to expand alternatives to detention, we also recognize the need to create conditions of confinement that better protect young people from harm and nurture healthy development.

Other work includes evaluating the start-up and impact of facilities specifically for 18 to 21-year-olds, which could become models nationally for young people who are no longer kids but not yet mature adults, and evaluating the use of social impact bonds to spur good practice in this crucial area.

Related Work

Young Adults in Rikers Island Jail

Evaluating a new approach to working with 18 to 21-year-olds on Rikers Island

The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) established a new facility—announced during the fall of 2015 and opened months later—to house 18-21-year-olds at Rikers Island. The jail is the first in the country to create separate housing for these young adults, who are cognitively different from both their younger and older counterparts, and thu...

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