NEW YORK (1010 WINS / WCBS 880) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for sweeping changes to the state’s juvenile justice system Tuesday, stressing it was not helping kids and was costing taxpayers millions.

After touring a juvenile justice facility in upstate Ithaca with Rev. Al Sharpton, Bloomberg said he is convinced it was better to keep offenders closer to home.

“Today, 81 percent of the boys who go to a state facility are arrested again within three years of their release,” Bloomberg said.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

The mayor also said it was costing the city $62 million to house 569 offenders far from their homes and said the system was simply not working.

“The current system is not helping our kids. It isn’t helping tax payers and it isn’t helping public safety,” Bloomberg said.

One 17-year-old told 1010 WINS’ Senior Correspondent Stan Brooks that staying in the city worked for him.

“It helped me a lot because if I would have went upstate or something, I would’ve never finished school,” he said, “it would’ve never changed nothing.”

The teen will graduate next month and is hoping to attend college or join the Air Force.

“The bottom line is I think we all agree we need to stop sending kids miles away from their families and communities and instead authorize the city to fully operate its own juvenile system here in the five boroughs,” Bloomberg said.

Comments (6)
  1. Josh says:

    What I’d like to know and it isn’t mentioned here is what is the mayor’s plan to decrease the cost of juvenile justice? First off, it’s a state system, not the city’s. Second, if 81% of the young men commit crimes w/in 3 years of their release, what can the city do to ensure that it decreases further? How much will it cost taxpayers to fund another pet project which doesn’t have an upfront solution. The mayor’s idea that he can simply fix something just b/c he got involved is baloney. He’s wasted BILLIONS on other pet projects. I expect nothing less here.

  2. From Russia with Love says:

    Oh yeah! 😉 Should have seen what “consultants” had going on in Russia in the 90’s!

    Oh to own the world! To have the Sun and Moon lay on just one of your palms! Such opportunities were……and were lost! John Milton’s poetic suffering turning in the grave with envy! Having once been the terror and dough with wide spread respect out of fear…. and then in the end to have one’s henchmen ousted one after the other….whole posse’s of billionaires and underworld figures in foreign lands. To be left with only one’s own home town to plunder and manipulate!

  3. Abe Benesch says:

    Why are so many people down in the pits with Mayor Bloomberg? All I see is people saying negative things about the Mayor. Let me tell you, some of us have done quite well with Bloomberg in the big chair. He makes the right decisions and knows how to get things done. Thank you Michael.

    1. Josh says:

      Some of you isn’t many of us, Abe. The fiscally responsible mayor has increased the city budget by over $10B, increased every tax, fine and fee except income taxes, has manipulated crime stats to the point that we’ve lost Fed funding for crime fighting and most importantly, he has bungled BILLIONS on pet projects with little oversight. He is a joke. BILLIONS WASTED. That’s why we’re down on him. His arrogance for a 3rd term is another story.

  4. davd ptterson says:

    shhhh … don’t speak poorly of Michael … his spies are everywhere … they’re already on to me … shhhh …

  5. fedup says:

    No problem Mayor Doomberg, just hire a couple more of your buddies, sorry “consultants” to study the problem pay them about 10 million dollars for a report that doesn’t accomplish anything then let them sit around a figure out how they to can loot the city and rip off the taxpayers for another half a BILLION dollars. Way to go DOOMBERG.

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