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What They're Saying

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He hit me from this way, another one hit me from behind…That was after being there for 2 1/2 days.”  – Ismael Nazario, sent to Riker’s Island at 16

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I’ve been in prison with 16- and 17-year-old kids. It crushes them.  — Maurice Hines

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I was 16 when I was arrested for a fight I had with another girl. Because of NY’s law, I was charged as an adult and convicted of a felony. I worked hard to get my GED and Associate’s after, but was denied jobs over and over because of my felony. I was also denied rental assistance to get affordable housing for me and my daughter. I feel like I walk around with an “F” for felony on my chest for a mistake I made when I was just 16. — Name Withheld

Sensible Solutions

The legal process must respond to all children as children and services and placement options must meet the rehabilitative needs of all children and youth.
A comprehensive approach to raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State is in the best interest of New York’s children and youth, communities and community safety, as well as the state’s economy.