Paterson Bill Would Begin Overhaul of Youth Prisons
(NYT) — Gov. David A. Paterson introduced legislation on Wednesday to begin overhauling New York’s troubled juvenile prison system, in what aides said was a first step toward broader changes long sought by critics of the system. The legislation would prohibit judges from placing youths in state juvenile prisons unless they had been found guilty of a violent crime or a sex crime, or a judge had determined that they posed serious risks to themselves or others. Such a move would set the stage to significantly shrink the number of youths in state custody — there are now about 700 youths spread among 26 prisons and camps around the state.