Award Recognizes Outstanding Public-Private Collaboration
Posted: 6/15/2016 |
Sheriff’s Incarcerated Youth Initiative Delivers Results for Suffolk County
RIVERHEAD, NY-- Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco announced today that the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Incarcerated Youth Initiative has been recognized with a 2016 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards are granted to counties for programs that serve to improve services to county residents, and are judged on their innovativeness, effectiveness, and for delivering results. The Sheriff’s Office received the award in the category of Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
Sheriff DeMarco, who is also the Chairman of the County’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, launched the Incarcerated Youth Initiative in 2011 and has since cut the youthful jail population by 75%. The program provides mentoring, education, counseling, case-management and transitional housing to adolescents in the jail, and works collaboratively with the non-profit sector, government partners, the courts, local universities and Eastern Suffolk BOCES to help youth as they transition back into our communities.
“I have made youthful inmate rehabilitation and collaborative justice initiatives a priority of my work in public office because with the right interventions, these kids can go on to lead successful lives. In the past, they would have cycled in and out of the Correctional Facility long into adulthood. We have successfully reversed that trend -- and our communities are benefiting and so are the taxpayers,” stated Sheriff DeMarco.
In 2013, the Sheriff’s Office received a NACo Achievement Award for the Sheriff’s Youth Re-entry Task Force, which brings together service providers from all sectors to help plan, design and continually improve services to justice-involved youth.
One of those service providers, Thaddaeus Hill from Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, recently stated, “Sheriff DeMarco has pioneered programs that few in this country have had the courage to take on. He looks at the big picture beyond the walls of his jail and that has allowed him to make a significant impact on the lives of many young people on Long Island.”
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