The Raise the Age NY Campaign includes over one hundred diverse organizations from across New York State, including formerly incarcerated youth and their families, child advocates, service providers, faith leaders, legal services groups, and unions. Our work draws both on the lessons learned in 48 other states and the wealth of scientific research on adolescent and brain development.
On April 10, New York Governor Cuomo signed into law the “Raise the Age” legislation that was included as part of the State Budget. Thanks to this “Raise the Age” legislation, tens of thousands of New York’s youth who make a mistake will be treated in an age-appropriate manner, offering them an opportunity to turn their lives around. This victory is due in large part to the formerly incarcerated youth and their families, faith leaders, members of the legal community, direct service providers, and advocates who made their voices heard for many years.
While no legislation is perfect, we applaud Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie and members of the Assembly, the Senate Majority, Minority and Independent Democratic Caucus, and the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus for passing this smart-on-crime legislation.
We are committed to continuing to work with our elected officials to make sure that New York does right by the rest of our youth and heeds the scientific research that shows the juvenile system works best for teenagers and our communities.
Who We Are
Raise the Age NY is a public awareness campaign for fair and effective criminal justice policies in New York that improve outcomes for children and public safety. Campaign members include national and local advocates, youth, parents, law enforcement and legal representative groups, faith leaders, and unions that have come together to increase public awareness of New York state’s new Raise the Age law and the need to ensure that its implementation creates a legal process that responds to all children as children and meets the rehabilitative needs of all children and youth.Lead group members: Center for Community Alternatives | @CCA_NY Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York | @CCCNewYork Correctional Association of New York | @CANY_1844 Families Together in NYS | @ftnys Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies | @FPWA Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy | @SchuylerCenter The Children’s Agenda | @ChildrensAgenda The Children’s Defense Fund – New York | @CDFNewYork The Fund for Modern Courts | @ModernCourts Westchester Children’s Association | @wca4kids Youth Represent | @YouthRepresent With support from: SparkAction | @sparkaction Additional supporters to date: 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East 32BJ SEIU Alternatives for Battered Women American Friends Service Committee (NY) Amnesty International Arab American Association of NY Association for Community Living, Inc. Association of NYS Youth Bureaus Association to Benefit Children Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Bronx Christian Fellowship Church Bronx Clergy Roundtable Brooklyn Community Services Brooklyn Defender Services Campaign to End the New Jim Crow Casa Rochester/Monroe County, Inc. Center for Children’s Initiatives Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) Center for Popular Democracy Child Welfare Organizing Project Children’s Village Citizens Action of New York City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau Coalition for Asian American Children and Families Coalition for Education Justice Coalition for Hispanic Children and Families Coalition for the Homeless Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Commission on the Public’s Health System Communities United for Police Reform Community Connections for Youth Community Service Society Community Voices for Youth and Families Crossway Church Dignity in Schools Campaign – New York Equal Justice Initiative Every Child Matters LI Faith in New York Families On The Move of NYC, Inc. First Corinthian Baptist Church Forestdale Inc. Good Shepherd Services Graham Windham Harlem Children’s Zone Harry Belafonte Herstory Writers Workshop Human Rights Watch Human Services Council Incarcerated Nation Corp. Jewish Child Care Association Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Latino Justice PRLDEF Lawyers for Children Leake &Watts Services, Inc. Legal Action Center Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Long Island Progressive Coalition Lutheran Family Health Centers Make the Road New York
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. MFY Legal Services, Inc. MomsRising Montefiore School Health Program NAACP National Association of Social Workers – New York State National Economic and Social Rights Initiative NASW-NYC Neighborhood Family Services Coalition New York American Academy of Pediatrics, District II New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc. New York Center for Juvenile Justice New York Civil Liberties Union New York Lawyers for the Public Interest New York Immigration Coalition New York Society for Ethical Culture New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental Health New York State Coalition for School-Based Health Centers New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare New York Theological Seminary NYC Jails Action Coalition Partnership for After School Education (PASE) Partnership for the Public Good Partners in Restorative Initiatives Pumphouse Projects Save the Kids SCO Family of Services SparkAction Staten Island Council on Child Abuse and Neglect S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc. Teachers Unite The Black Institute The Brotherhood/Sister Sol The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) The Children’s Aid Society The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc. The Door The Fortune Society The Gathering for Justice/ Justice League NYC The Legal Aid Society The National Alliance for Mental Illness-New York State The New York Foundling The New York Immigration Coalition The New York State Dispute Resolution Association The Osborne Association The Partnership For Public Good The Resolution Plan Tremont United Methodist Church United Neighborhood Houses Unique People Services Uniting Disabled Individuals, Inc Urban Health Plan, Inc. Urban Justice Center Urban Youth Collaborative VOCAL-NY Women’s City Club of New York Pastor Mike Walrond William F. Ryan Community Health Network YA-YA Network (Youth Activists-Youth Allies) YOUTH POWER!