Teens in NYC detention centers are sleeping on the ground due to overcrowding, staff say

November 6, 2023

Sandeep Kandhari, director of CFR’s Youth Defense Practice, was quoted in a Gothamist article about how teens in juvenile jails are being forced to sleep on the ground in common areas, including hallways and classrooms, due to overcrowding.

“These conditions are a major human rights violation…The child is being taught that they are a criminal not even worthy of a bed, and that they’re a person not even worthy of an education,” Kandhari said.

Read the full article here.