- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - An oversight board has extended by six months the deadline for New York City jail officials to implement housing reforms for young adult inmates.

Commissioner Joseph Ponte (PAHNT) told watchdogs Tuesday that he was committed to reform but needed more time to iron out details.

Officials were supposed to have implemented a new housing strategy for hard-to-manage 18- to-21-year-olds by this month. The reforms were to include eliminating solitary confinement as punishment for those inmates. Jail officials have since asked for more deadline extensions.

Officials told the board that it’s tricky to determine how to deal with especially violent young inmates.

Board members asked jail officials to provide monthly progress reports. Some expressed skepticism that the new housing plan would be ready in six months.

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