ALBANY — New York lawmakers are poised to approve Cuomo administration plans for transferring 240 juvenile delinquents in state detention to programs or facilities closer to their New York City homes.
Amendments contained in the budget agreement authorize state payments to city social services for those teens now in five upstate detention centers classified "limited secure" and seven state facilities classified "non-secure," including three located in New York City.
The measure authorizes $35.2 million for reimbursement in 2013 and $41.4 million the next year.
Another 130 juvenile delinquents from outside the city will stay in state centers, some of which are expected to close.
Juveniles who commit more serious or violent crimes and are held in the state's four upstate detention centers classified as "secure" will remain there.