Nicholas Heyward Sr. speaks to the crowd gathered at a day of remembrance held in Boerum Hill to honor his late son who was shot and killed while playing with a toy gun.

21 Years Later, Father Still Grieves Son’s Shooting by NY Police

NEW YORK — It was supposed to be just fun and games on that dreary, rainy September day 21 years ago. But child’s play in that stairwell quickly turned deadly when a shot was fired, with 13-year-old Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. the bullet’s target.

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Wraparound Services Surround Foster Youth, Families with Help

The wraparound model, a structured, creative and individualized team planning process, is far more accommodating to foster youth dealing with trauma and mental health issues than the traditional model of putting youth struggling with permanence into a group home, according to Lincoln Child Center CEO Christine Stoner-Mertz.

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Report: Certainty, Not Severity, Key in Deterring Juvenile Crime

Edward Mulvey, the principal investigator on the study, said the idea that adolescents respond to the certainty of punishment, not severity, has found an audience with some policymakers. They are asking whether states should have to justify why the criminal justice system should hold an adolescent offender for a long time.