Established in the spring of 2016, the Young Adult Bureau handles all misdemeanors involving defendants ages 16 to 24, with a few exceptions. Funded by a Smart Prosecution grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the bureau operates in the Brooklyn Young Adult Court (BYAC) – the first dedicated court part for young adult offenders in New York State and the second in the nation. The bureau provides needs-risk assessments, counseling and services tailored to the specific requirements of that age group, including substance abuse, mental health, GED, vocational and internship programs. Working together with the Center for Court Innovation and other partners, the bureau offers a variety of alternatives to incarceration with the goal of setting young offenders on the right path, reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety.

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