New York City Ends $6.4 Million Contract with Agency That Ran “Close to Home” Initiative for Juveniles
Date:  06-25-2015

Sites found to be unsecure and improperly supervised
On June 11, 2015 Reentry Central posted an article that appeared in ProPublica that stated in part:

“The “Close to Home” program, a part of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) since 2013, was a response to juveniles being sexually abused and beaten when they were placed in facilities throughout the state. The homes, run by Boys Town under a multi-million dollar contract with New York City, are supposed to be a viable alternative to incarceration for youths in need of low supervision. While the idea was certainly a good one, the Close to Home program is now being scrutinized after several disturbing events occurred.”

Now, ProPublica reports that after three youths who went AWOL from one of the “Close to Home” sites raped a women, New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which oversees the initiative, conducted unannounced visits to four “Close to Home” sites and found that the sites were not secure and that staff were unable to properly supervise the young men living at those sites.

Boys Town, received $6.4 million to run the promising initiative that was designed to keep criminal justice-involved juveniles from being incarcerated, and instead given the opportunity to obtain therapeutic services closer to their homes in a group home setting.

Read more about what ACS investigators found, and why the contract with Boys Town was terminated here.