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Unformatted text preview: Page 1 1 of 1 DOCUMENT The New York Times December 15, 2009 Tuesday Late Edition - Final Judging Our Children BYLINE: By JONATHAN LIPPMAN. Jonathan Lippman is the chief judge of the State of New York. SECTION: Section A; Column 0; Editorial Desk; OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR; Pg. 41 LENGTH: 700 words A NEW report issued by a state panel formed to investigate New York's juvenile detention centers has found that they ''fail to keep their young people safe and secure, let alone meet their myriad service and treatment needs,'' and that ''youth are subjected to shocking violence and abuse.'' This news, which comes on the heels of a federal study that also documented squalid conditions, makes plain to the world what many of us inside the state's justice system have been saying for years: we need a fundamental rethinking of how we respond to troubled young people. A consensus is emerging among juvenile justice policymakers, including prosecutors, that New York must limit the number of young people sent to expensive prison-like residential facilities. The goal should be to create more com- munity-based intervention programs, which have proved less expensive and more effective at reducing crime. munity-based intervention programs, which have proved less expensive and more effective at reducing crime....
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