Raise the Age NY: City Hall Rally

New York City, Jan. 19 — Two dozen juvenile criminal justice advocates gathered in front of City Hall on Thursday morning to ask for a change in the state law that automatically charges 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. This event was held in advance of an oversight hearing on raising the age, held later that day by the City Council’s Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Committee on Courts and Legal Services.

The speakers were Council Member Rory I. Lancman (D-24th), Stephanie Gendell of the Citizens’ Committee for Children, and Beth Powers, from the Children’s Defense Fund. All are active proponents of raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York state, and ending the practice of automatically charging all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults, regardless of the severity of the offense.

Hear what they had to say in the videos below.

Councilman Lancman:

Stephanie Gendell, Citizens Committee for Children:

Beth Powers, Children’s Defense Fund – New York:



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