Laurence E. Busching to Lead the Integration of DJJ into ACS
Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Mattingly Announce Laurence E.
Busching to Lead the Integration of DJJ into ACS
Longtime Chief of City Law Department’s Family Division Will
Serve as Executive Deputy Commissioner of ACS Division of Youth and Family
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and ACS Commissioner John B.
Mattingly today, February 4, announced the appointment
of Laurence E. Busching, who currently serves as Chief of the Family Court
Division for the New York City Law Department, as Executive Deputy Commissioner
of the new Division of Youth and Family Justice at the Administration for
Children’s Services (ACS). In his State of the City speech last month, the Mayor
announced that the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will be merged into
Children’s Services to expand interventions for juvenile offenders as part of a
citywide campaign to help youth at risk.
Mr. Busching will assume his new position on March 1st. He will
oversee all of DJJ’s programs that include the custody and care of juveniles who
are involved in the City’s juvenile justice system. He will also be responsible
for Children’s Services’ Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI), and the ACS-operated
Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS) program – for youth under 18 who are
beyond the lawful control of a parent.
“In making this appointment, we’re putting the New Yorker who is
best-suited to lead this critical effort for our City’s public safety and
troubled youth,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “As the City's chief prosecutor of
juvenile delinquency cases, Larry Busching has already proven his expertise
and commitment to ensuring the public’s safety while at the same time doing
everything possible to help these young people avoid re-offending. He is
dedicated to making sure these young people are treated fairly, and encouraged
to do better for themselves and their families.”
“We believe that Larry Busching is the best person in the City to
help bring together these two agencies with similar missions but different
histories,” said Commissioner Mattingly. “Our new Division of Youth and Family
Justice will be a strong team under his leadership, dedicated to protecting
children, strengthening families, and keeping our neighborhoods safe.”
“I am grateful to Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Mattingly for
this opportunity to take our successful juvenile justice reform efforts to the
next level. Using data to measure safety risks and expanding services for
at-risk youth will improve public safety and children's lives now and in the
future,” Mr. Busching said.
“This integration with Larry’s guidance will produce greater gains
neighborhoods safety while we put young people back on the right track and out
of harmful systems that compromise their lives and the public’s safety,” Deputy
Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs said.
The City’s integration of juvenile justice and child welfare
programs is designed to enhance public safety by decreasing the rate of
recidivism for juvenile offenders, a rate that is traditionally higher among
juveniles than adult criminals. The integration is also expected to produce cost
savings and operational efficiencies by combining two separate agencies that
otherwise serve overlapping constituencies. Data-sharing will make possible
long-term planning for youth and their families as soon as they enter the
juvenile justice system, enabling a focused strategy to place youth on the path
toward school, work, and successful adulthood.
As Chief of the Family Court Division of the New York City Law
Department since January, 2005, Mr. Busching has been responsible for the
prosecution of juveniles throughout New York City as well as for the enforcement
of interstate child support orders. These matters specifically include the
prosecution of juvenile crime with a focus on criminal rehabilitation. He
also directs and administers a division comprising 90 attorneys and a support
staff of 60.
From 1990-2004, Mr. Busching served as an Assistant District
Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. In 2004, he was made Chief
of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau, where he supervised the
investigation and prosecution of thousands of domestic violence and child abuse
cases annually. He also served as Chair of the state District Attorneys
Association’s committee on sex crimes and family violence