State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton said Tuesday that the Lansing Girl’s Residential Center will likely close this year as part of Andrew Cuomo’s ‘Close To Home’ proposal that will transfer responsibility for juvenile delinquents from state residential centers to New York City. Residential centers are on the chopping block because of a combination of the city initiative, high operating costs, and a high rate of recidivism. As many as 66% of youth are rearrested within two years. A walloping 82% of boys released from the program commit felonies by age 28. On top of that residential centers reportedly cost taxpayers more than $250,000 per child per year.
Friday, February 22, 2013 12:00 AM | Written by Dan Veaner |