Close to Home experts were on panel: 3 men, 2 women:

New York’s Successful Close to Home Program Endangered in State Budget

New York City has completely eliminated the prison population of kids younger than 16, thanks to Close to Home, a program that allows juveniles to stay in small group homes closer to their communities.

But although many city officials and advocates consider Close to Home a success, it’s threatened by major potential budget cuts in Albany, New York.

Orchestra, young people, young adults crowd stage in multicolored outfits, all performing at once.

They’re Working to Reform Juvenile Justice With an ‘Art Attack’

The pianist jammed on the Steinway with such force, he stood up to play it. The rest of the orchestra swayed with the Songs of Solomon and Wadleigh High School choirs onstage at Carnegie Hall, singing a student composition about outcasts seeking change and second chances.

Mississippi Kids Charged As Adults Can Be Detained for 100+ Days in Jackson

Johnnie McDaniels, executive director of Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center, often repeats a Frederick Douglass quote.

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men," Douglas wrote in 1855.

"And I'll add women to that," McDaniels said in an interview at the youth detention center on Feb. 28.

NY Students Quick to Throw Themselves Into March Organizing

It was late in the evening on Feb. 16 when Joey Wong’s flight from La Guardia Airport in New York City landed at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida. Instead of going to his family’s home, he headed straight to his friend Robert Schentrup’s house. Schentrup’s sister, Carmen, had been killed two days earlier. She was one of the 17 slain by Nicholas Cruz when he entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida with a loaded AR-15.