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Clinton Lacey


Clinton Lacey has been director of the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services since 2015. Before joining DYRS, he served as deputy commissioner for adult operations of the New York City Department of Probation. He also has served as director of the Youth Justice Program at the Vera Institute of Justice and from 1992 to 2004 was the associate executive director of the Friends of Island Academy, developing and managing services for 16- to 24-year-olds involved in New York City's juvenile- and criminal-justice systems.

Lacey has conducted training workshops and delivered lectures around the United States, as well as in Brazil and Barbados. He holds a bachelor's degree in Latin American and Caribbean history from the City University of New York's Herbert H. Lehman College and is a graduate of Columbia University's Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.

We rely too much on incarceration. The pillars of the system should be healing, restoration and renewal.