Brent Cohen
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Policy

Brent J Cohen is the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs for the New York City Department of Probation, a city agency that helps build stronger and safer communities by supervising people on probation and fostering opportunities for them to move out of the criminal justice system through meaningful education, employment, health services, family engagement and community participation.  In this role, Brent advances the agency’s mission through legislation and intergovernmental relationships.  Brent began his career in education, spending five years with a charter management organization in California, including two years as a teacher in South Los Angeles, and serving as a founding staff member of three charter schools.  He earned a BA in American Studies, with a focus on the intersections of Sociology, Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, from the University of California at Berkeley.  Brent also holds an MPA from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. 

Semester Course
Fall 2012 PADM-GP.4402.001 Juvenile Justice Issues: New York’s Response to Juvenile Crime and Delinquency

The Juvenile Justice system in New York and most major cities in the U.S. pose a host of complex questions and challenges for practitioners, policy makers and advocates alike. A sprawling, complex web of state and local agencies charged with tasks as varied as diversion, mental health care, social service provision, family intervention, secure detention and incarceration and community reentry. In recent years, juvenile justice system practitioners and policymakers have increasingly acknowledged that overly punitive responses to juvenile crime and delinquency are costly, do little to increase public safety, and, worse, are ineffective rehabilitation strategies that often put youth on paths to life-long involvement in the criminal justice system. This course examines a wide range of juvenile justice issues and solutions, and their impact on youth and families, with a particular focus on the New York City juvenile justice system.


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