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Jay Z producing powerful documentary series about Kalief Browder, the young man who committed suicide after three years at Rikers Island

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Jay Z is using his voice to crusade for a young man failed by the criminal justice system. The hip-hop mogul is producing a powerful, six-part documentary series chronicling the tragic story of Kalief Browder, who committed suicide after serving three years at Rikers Island for a crime for which he was never actually convicted. […]

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New York Lawmakers Push To Raise Age Of Criminal Responsibility

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

“NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York lawmakers are pushing to raise the age of criminal responsibility in the state from 16 to 18. Advocates and lawmakers argue the adolescent brain is not yet fully formed, is prone to impulsivity and is not suited to weighing consequences. Rockland State Sen. David Carlucci says the evidence is […]

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Flanagan says ‘Raise the Age’ will be part of budget talks

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

“ALBANY — The Senate’s top Republican said Wednesday that a proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility will be a big part of the coming budget talks. Democrats and progressive criminal justice activists have been pushing the issue for years, as New York is one of only two states to try 16- and 17-year-olds […]

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Raise the Age advocate wants the opportunity for kids, like him, to get a second chance

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

“ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC-TV) – New York State is one of two states that charges 16 and 17-year-olds as adults. On Wednesday, the State Senate Majority Leader says raising the eligible age will be a big topic at this year’s session. Capital corespondent Nick Perreault talked with one man who supports the move based on his own […]

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State senators want to keep kids out of adult prisons

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

  “OSSINING – State Sens. David Carlucci and Jeff Klein are looking to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old in order to keep children out of prison when they commit nonviolent crimes. The two lawmakers hosted a roundtable discussion on the matter in Ossining Tuesday. Supporters for raising the […]

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Legislators push to ‘raise the age’ of criminal responsibility

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

“Progressive lawmakers and the governor are renewing their push to reform the state’s juvenile criminal justice system, picking up where they left off last June when the session ended with no change to the law. New York and North Carolina are the only two states that automatically prosecute 16- and 17-year-old children as adults, but […]

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Lawmakers urge raising age of criminal responsibilty

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

“OSSINING – A former state judge, lawmakers and advocates gathered Tuesday in the hometown of Sing Sing prison to urge support for raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State to 18 years old from the current 16. New York and North Carolina are the only states where 16-year-olds are charged as adults. “You cannot treat children with […]

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Cuomo Pledges To Boost Raise The Age, SUNY Tuition Plan

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday in Albany during a reception at the executive mansion pledged to push for a long-stalled effort to increase the age of criminal responsibility in New York as well as his own proposal to provide free tuition at public colleges and universities. Cuomo tied both efforts to his desire to see […]

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Bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility passes Assembly

Friday, February 17th, 2017

  “A bill that would change the way the juvenile justice system in New York works passed through the Assembly Tuesday, but it’ll need to be approved by the Senate. Lawmakers approved a bill that would raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18-years-old. Currently, if a 16 or 17-year-old commits a crime, […]

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Editorial: Age really does matter

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

“Sometimes, kids, we really do know what’s best for you.  No more child brides: It is legal in New York for children as young as 14 to get married as long as they have permission of parents and a judge. We can’t imagine what would compel a judge to agree to such a marriage, we […]

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New York just moved one very important step closer to common sense criminal justice reforms

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

  “SHAUN KING: It’s hard to believe, but New York is only one of two states in the nation that automatically charges all 16-year-olds as adults for all crimes. The other state, North Carolina, makes sense. They’ve become almost like the Mississippi of our generation, but New York? That 48 other states have figured this […]

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Momentum Builds, Assembly Passes Raise the Age, Campaign Holding Call for Justice Day on 2/16

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Big Week for Raise the Age New York! Speaker Carl E. Heastie and colleagues in the New York State Assembly held a press conference on Feb. 14, focusing on justice reform.   The movement to raise the age is getting a boost this week. On Monday, Senate Democrats held a press conference that featured Raise […]

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Effort to raise the age for state prison sentences for teens convicted of crimes

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

“Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is pushing for a measure to stop treating 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the state’s criminal justice system. Heastie said the proposals would take 16- and 17-year-olds out of the adult criminal justice system and treat them as juveniles in family court. Heastie, the first African-American speaker, said this is […]

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Assembly plans to pass Raise the Age as budget negotiations continue

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

“The Assembly is poised to continue passing Tuesday legislation part of a 12-point package that includes a bill that would raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old. That piece is key for the Assembly’s Majority Democrats as the calendar moves deeper into budget negotiation season. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has included […]

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State debates treatment of youthful offenders as adults

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

“ALBANY — Benjamin Van Zandt was a high school student making honor-roll grades when he set fire to an unoccupied house a few miles from the state Capitol. He later confessed to detectives who’d told his parents they couldn’t be with him because the law allowed him to be treated as an adult. At age […]

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Senate Democrats Call for Real Action on Raise the Age, Don’t Want Half-Measures

Monday, February 13th, 2017

“Albany, NY – The Senate Democratic Conference today demanded real action to raise the age of criminal responsibility for non-violent, youth offenders. The Senate Democrats have led the fight to Raise The Age since 2012 when legislation was first introduced to address this crisis. Under the Senate Democratic proposal 16- and 17-year-olds who commit non-violent […]

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Senate Democrats target ‘watered-down’ bill to raise criminal age

Monday, February 13th, 2017

“ALBANY — Senate Democrats are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and their Senate colleagues against passing a “watered-down” bill that would raise the age of criminal responsibility.   New York is one of only two states — North Carolina being the other — that try 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for nonviolent offenses.   “This is […]

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Senators show broad support for ‘raising the age,’ with some differences

Monday, February 6th, 2017

 “ALBANY — Legislators, law enforcement, attorneys and activists at a joint committee hearing Monday broadly agreed on raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York, but there are still differences in opinion on what reform should entail. New York and North Carolina are the only two states that try 16 and 17 year olds […]

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Marks: Court System Can Handle ‘Raise the Age’ Law

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

“At least initially, the Judiciary could handle the shifting burden if the state Legislature adopted Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to raise the age of criminality from 16 to 18, the state’s chief administrative judge said Tuesday. Chief Administrative Judge Marks NYLJ/Rick Kopstein Judge Lawrence Marks, at a joint Assembly-Senate hearing on the 2017-18 state budget […]

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Lancman renews call for justice for juveniles as ‘Raise the Age’ movement grows

Friday, January 27th, 2017

“New York is the only state other than North Carolina that treats all youth as adults when they are 16, regardless of the offense. Kalief Browder was 16 years old when he was arrested for stealing a backpack and ended up spending the next three years on Rikers Island where he suffered frequent beatings by […]

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“Don’t Charge 16- and 17-Year-Olds as Adults, Activists say at City Hall Rally”

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

  “Two dozen criminal justice advocates rallied in front of City Hall Thursday to push for a change in the state law that automatically charges 16- and 17-year-olds accused of crimes as adults. New York and North Carolina are the only states that automatically treat teens as adults — and it should stop, say the […]

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Following Kalief Browder Tragedy, Sen. Hamilton Pushes for Age Increase in Criminal Responsibility

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Following the tragic story of New Yorker Kalief Browder – the teen who spent years in jail at Rikers Island on false accusations– State Sen. Jesse Hamilton is calling on his colleagues in the state legislature and the community to join him in passing the 2017 Criminal Justice Reform Act which raises the age of criminal responsibility in NY to 18.

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Gov. Cuomo: Martin Luther King’s Crusade for Justice Not Over as New York Needs Criminal Justice Reform

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

“Above all else, King’s crusade was about justice.” This weekend, we celebrate the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Above all else, King’s crusade was about justice — racial, economic and social justice.

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Raise the Age: State Should Try 16- and 17-Year-Olds as Juveniles, Not as Adults

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Watertown Daily Times: Raise the age: State should try 16- and 17-year-olds as juveniles, not as adults January 13, 2017 A youthful lapse in judgment should not plague an individual forever. But our state’s criminal justice system perpetuates this dilemma all too frequently. A 16- or 17-year-old who foolishly breaks the law in New York […]

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Another Year, Another Attempt to Raise the Age

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

“I can’t believe we’re here saying this again.”

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Should Juveniles Be Incarcerated With Adults?

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Five years ago, at 17, the NYPD arrested Giles for allegedly shooting a female classmate after they’d both left a school fundraiser.

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Push to “Raise the Age” Returns to State Capitol

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Nearly 28,000 kids aged 16 and 17 are arrested and face prosecution every year in New York State. That’s according to the “Raise the Age New York” advocacy group.

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‘Raise the Age’ Advocates Are Back

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

January 4, 2017 – Times Union  “I can’t believe we’re here saying this again,” organizer Joe Paparone said Wednesday at the start of a Raise the Age demonstration in the Capitol. For several years now, criminal justice system reform advocates have been pushing, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s help, a “Raise the Age” initiative that would prevent […]

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Times Union Editorial: A Pardon Is not Enough

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Times Union Editorial Board January 4, 2017 Original link: http://blog.timesunion.com/opinion/a-pardon-is-not-enough/37164/ Facing persistent resistance from the state Senate in efforts to reform how our justice system deals with 16- and 17-year-olds charged with crimes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done the next best thing – pardoning more than 100 New Yorkers who turned their lives around after […]

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‘Raise the Age’ Already Gaining Steam in 2017 Session

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

WATCH THE VIDEO: www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2017/01/4/new-york-state-raise-the-age-rally-albany.html Time Warner Cable News, Capital Region Jan. 4, 2017 Activists and religious leaders are calling for the age of criminal responsibility to be increased in New York State. Geoff Redick has more on what they have to say from Albany. ALBANY, N.Y. — Among the issues that may become signatures of […]

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Statement in Response to Gov. Cuomo’s Youth Pardons

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Dec. 30, 2016 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued the first round of conditional pardons to more than 100 New Yorkers who were convicted of a non-violent crime when they were minors, and who have since lived crime-free for 10 years or more. “Governor Cuomo’s action today to pardon New Yorkers who became victims of […]

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THE PRICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE: WHY RAISING THE AGE MAKES CENTS FOR NEW YORK

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

“Independent Democratic Conference Releases Report on Economic Impact of Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York New York — Senators Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn), Tony Avella (D-Queens), David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) and Senator-elect Marisol Alcantara (D-Manhattan), advocates, and teen offenders, released a new report on the economic impact […]

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A Path Out of Trouble

Friday, December 16th, 2016

How One State Supports its Teens while a Neighboring State Punishes Them by Kyle Spencer  and  Rebecca Klein NEW YORK and BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Latune and Kiara are bright and passionate teenagers. Latune is the more artistic of the two — she plans to become a professional fashion designer. Kiara is the more pragmatic one […]

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Honor Kalief and Venida Browder by raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18: Editorial

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Source: Lohud, The Journal News The news was just too shocking and ridiculously unfair not to be true. Venida Browder, 63, had died of a heart attack. The Bronx mother’s journey to criminal justice advocate followed a sadly familiar path: borne of pain, she worked for a better, fairer justice system, so other mothers will […]

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Times Union: The Other Side of Justice: Editorial

Monday, June 13th, 2016

June 13, 2016 The state Senate has moved to stiffen penalties for such things as pointing a laser at an aircraft, abusing animals and assisting in a prisoner escape. That’s fine, but lawmakers also need to ensure the criminal justice system treats the poor and the powerless fairly. Plenty of hard-line, law and order bills […]

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Times Union: New York Court System Should Treat Youths as Youths: Commentary

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

By Monica Drinane and Stephanie Gendell June 7, 2016 Raising the age at which youth are automatically charged as adults so that 16- and 17-year-old youth are charged in an age-appropriate way has been proven to protect public safety and produce better outcomes for youth, making it a win-win for everyone. Opponents of this common-sense […]

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Democrat and Chronicle: Albany Lawmakers Must Finish Strong: Editorial

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

June 7, 2016 We hope someone in the New York State Legislature has a stopwatch. With five working days left in the Legislative session, members of the Assembly and the Senate will need to sprint to get several key things done. Not long ago, this Editorial Board noted that while proposed bills were flying out […]

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Almost 250 Faith Leaders from Across New York Release Letter Urging Cuomo, Flanagan and Heastie to Raise the Age this Session

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

  Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of the State of New York NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY  12224   Honorable John Flanagan Senate Majority Leader NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224   Honorable Carl Heastie Assembly Speaker NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224   Dear Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Flanagan and Speaker […]

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The Journal News: Raise the Age in New York: Editorial

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Only North Carolina and New York still charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults   North Carolina has faced a torrent of criticism for its law forcing transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender at birth. Many New Yorkers have joined celebrities like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr in condemning the state’s stand against […]

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Coalition of National and Local Advocates, Youth, Parents, Law enforcement and Legal Representatives, Faith Leaders, Service Providers and Unions Write to Elected Leaders re: Raise the Age

Monday, May 16th, 2016

May 2, 2016 Dear Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Flanagan, IDC Leader Klein, and Speaker Heastie: As a coalition of national and local advocates, youth, parents, law enforcement and legal representative groups, faith leaders, service providers and unions, we write to you out of great concern for New York’s justice system. We were deeply disappointed that […]

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Refinery 29: The Mothers Who Lost Their Children To Prisons

Monday, May 16th, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHED BY NATALIE KEYSSAR. Alicia Barraza, whose son committed suicide while incarcerated, poses for a portrait at the capital.   “I just want to start from, I guess, what happened at the end,” Alicia Barraza said softly into the microphone. “On October 30 of 2014, we lost our 21-year-old son when he took his own life […]

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New Video: Lawmakers, It’s Time to Get Smart on Crime

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Raising the age is good for kids, communities, and New York State’s pocketbook. When Connecticut increased the age to 18, that state quickly saw $2 million in savings and a drop in crime committed by youth. The video features  NY Congresswoman and former U.S. District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Assemblyman Mike Blake (D-Bronx), Soffiyah Elijah, and […]

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Albany Times Union Op-Ed: Raise the age; help turn around a troubled young life

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

“We don’t think that’s good public policy because in essence what they’re trying to do is absolve people from violent and heinous and felonious crimes.” These were the comments of state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan earlier this year about a proposal by the governor to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 […]

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This Mother’s Day, Stand with Mothers for the Sake of All NY Youth

Monday, May 9th, 2016

On Tuesday, May 10, the Raise the Age New York campaign is hosting a Mother’s Lobby Day that will bring mothers, grandmothers and other concerned family members to Albany to meet with legislators. They will share the ways in which their children’s and grandchildren’s lives have been forever changed by experiences they had as teenagers […]

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Syracuse Post-Standard Op-Ed: NY needs to ‘raise the age’ of criminal responsibility (Commentary)

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The writer lives in Syracuse. By Carol Bryant It’s something I do a lot on Mother’s Day, spending some of the day reflecting on what happened to my daughter and her son, and wondering if I could have done anything differently. My grandson suffers from a mental illness. When he was 16, he was arrested […]

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Crain’s NY Op-Ed: Raise the age of criminal responsibility and save taxpayers a bundle

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Incarcerating youths in juvenile-detention facilities is expensive, but punishing them as adults costs even more   New York is one of only two states that still sends 16-year-olds to adult prisons. Raising the age of criminal responsibility has been much debated here, with a focus on the public-safety benefits. But the long-term costs of trying […]

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Albany Times-Union Op-Ed: Treat kids like kids until 18

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The state Senate should be ashamed of itself. For the second time in as many years, it has refused (so far) to give serious consideration to widely supported efforts to make sure 16- and 17-year-olds don’t get sent to the adult criminal justice system when they get into trouble with the law. The right policy […]

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Highlights from our March 8 Lobby Day

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

On Tuesday, March 8, the Raise the Age Campaign lobby day brought more than one hundred young people and adults from across the state to Albany to speak with state lawmakers about raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York. Leaders, advocates, and members of the Assembly including Assembly Member Bichotte, Assembly Member Blake, […]

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Raise the Age NY Campaign Responds to Senator Flanagan’s Comments on Raise the Age

Friday, March 4th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday March 4, 2016 Contact: Kenneth Londono, kenneth.londono@berlinrosen.com, 646-335-0420 Raise the Age NY Campaign Responds to Senator Flanagan’s Comments on Raise the Age   New York Remains One of Two States to Automatically Prosecute 16 and 17-Year-Olds As Adults, Despite Risks to Youth and Public Safety New York, NY – Following Senate […]

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Raise the Age NY Statement on President Obama’s Ban on Solitary Confinement for Youth

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2016 New York, New York – In response to the news that President Obama was eliminating the use of solitary confinement for youth, the Raise the Age campaign issued the following statement from Jennifer March, Executive Director of the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York: “President Obama’s decision to […]

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Raise the Age Campaign Responds to Raise the Age Budget Language

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Despite Executive Action, New York Remains One of Two States to Automatically Prosecute 16 and 17-Year-Olds As Adults, Despite Risks to Youth and Public Safety   Albany, NY – In response to the Raise the Age legislation in Governor Cuomo’s budget and its inclusion in his State of the State priorities, a coalition of law […]

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As Governor Moves Youth out of Adult Prisons, Unions, Faith Leaders, Law Enforcement Experts, Conservatives and Advocates Call on Legislature to ‘Raise the Age’

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

For Immediate Release New York Remains One of Two States to Automatically Prosecute 16 and 17-Year-Olds As Adults, Despite Risks to Youth and Public Safety Albany, NY – In response to a decision by Governor Cuomo to unilaterally move youth out of adult prisons, a coalition of unions, faith leaders, law enforcement experts, conservatives and […]

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New York Times editorial: A Step Forward for Juvenile Offenders

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

New York is one of the most backward states in the union in the way it treats juvenile offenders, and it will remain so without fundamental reforms. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a bold step forward this week when he announced that his administration would seek out and pardon thousands of people who were convicted […]

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New York Times: Cuomo Moves to Pardon Former Youthful Offenders 80

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

By JESSE McKINLEY and JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.DECEMBER 20, 2015 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said on Sunday that he would seek out and pardon thousands of people who were convicted of nonviolent crimes as teenagers but have since led law-abiding lives.Envisioned as a way to remove stubborn barriers to employment, housing and […]

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President Obama Declares October National Youth Justice Awareness Month, Notes that Two States Prosecute 16 Year-Olds as Adults

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

President Obama today issued a proclamation declaring October “National Youth Justice Awareness” month. In it, he recognizes what the Children’s Defense Fund-New York, Citizens’ Committee for Children and a broad coalition of New Yorkers know to be true: “Involvement in the justice system –even as a minor, and even if it does not result in […]

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Statement from Raise the Age NY Re: End-of-Session Framework Agreement

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

In response to today’s end-of-session framework agreement, the Raise the Age NY campaign has issued the following statement: “Governor Cuomo’s failure to fulfill his public commitment to pass comprehensive raise the age legislation reduces public safety and lets down children like Kalief Browder who spend years in the adult system for simple mistakes. Getting fewer […]

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Elected Officials, Community Leaders, Public Safety Officials, Criminal Justice Experts, Activists, Religious Leaders and Editorial Boards Support Comprehensive “Raise The Age” Legislation In New York State

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

New York is one of only two states that still automatically arrests and prosecutes 16 and 17-year-olds as adults; Legislation to treat kids as kids needs to pass this session   (Below is a compilation of supporter statements since the proposal was first made)  Governor Andrew Cuomo “Raising the age will fundamentally improve both our […]

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The Legislative Gazette: Tragic stories show need to ‘raise the age’ of criminal responsibility

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Formerly incarcerated youth and their family members told their stories to lawmakers and reporters in Albany Tuesday in hopes of raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York. Formerly incarcerated youth and family members of incarcerated youth recalled the harsh realities faced by 16 and 17-year-olds who are often prosecuted as adults. The Raise […]

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Times Union: Advocates urge age change

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Formerly incarcerated youths and their family members stood with advocates at the Capitol Tuesday to share their firsthand interactions with the criminal justice system and hoping to convince lawmakers to raise the state’s age of criminal responsibility before the end of the legislative session in June. New York remains one of two states to automatically charge […]

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State of Politics: Coalition Pushes To Renew Raise The Age Debate

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

From the Morning Memo: A massive of coalition of groups in a letter to be released on Tuesday is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to restart the discussion of raising the age of criminal responsibility. Signing on to the letter are a host of labor and advocacy organizations that are part of the “Raise the […]

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Post-Standard: NY budget includes $135 million for ‘Raise the Age,’ with policy to come later

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal to treat most 16- and 17-year-old criminal defendants as children, rather than adults, survived in New York’s $150 billion budget. Lawmakers agreed to put $135 million toward the “Raise the Age,” policy, a change that would allow older teens charged with non-violent crimes to go before Family Courts instead of […]

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Washington Square News: NY must raise age of criminal responsibility

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently introduced a new campaign aimed at reforming how the New York state justice system treats juvenile offenders. The campaign, aptly titled Raise the Age, aims to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 18. New York City is currently one of only two states that automatically prosecutes teenagers ages 16 and up as adults. The current practice […]

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Journal News: Editorial: State budget plan’s ‘vision’ of reform

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s original budget offering, unveiled in January and then updated after the arrest of Sheldon Silver, was chock full of aspiration for social change and systemic reform. The $142 billion plan that heads to the full Legislature delivers just a taste of such policy shifts. Cuomo’s big-ticket “reform” items – education and ethics […]

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Associated Press: NY budget leaves lawmakers with a long to-do list

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

RAISE THE AGE Right now, New York is one of only two states that routinely prosecutes and incarcerates 17- and 18-year-old offenders as adults. Juvenile justice reformers have long sought to change that, but the proposal known as “Raise the Age” ran into concerns among some Republicans that it would make local governments pay to […]

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Huffington Post: Time for Justice for Children in New York

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Under New York’s juvenile justice system a child as young as 7 can be arrested for a crime, and a 16-year-old is automatically charged as an adult. These laws are shockingly behind the times — bad for children and bad for public safety. New York is one of only four states to create a juvenile […]

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Times Union: Time to amend state’s shameful juvenile justice policy

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Once at the forefront of sound, effective policies for juvenile justice, New York is now one of only two states (the other is North Carolina) that prosecutes all children as adults when they turn 16. Under federal law, New York must therefore put 16- and 17-year olds in adult prisons and jails instead of in […]

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State of Politics: Legal Aid Society Endorses Raise The Age

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Legal Aid Society has endorsed the effort to raise the age of criminal responsibility, but not without questioning some aspects of the proposal. In the main, the group backs the effort to increase the age for trying a persona as an adult to 18 in the state, a move that is called “long overdue.” […]

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The Nation: Adolescents Do Not Belong in the Adult Legal System

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Currently, only New York and North Carolina automatically treat 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults in the criminal-justice system. This means that New York is one of just two states in the country that has failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed—namely, that adolescents are children, and that placing them in the adult […]

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El Diario: Hay que reformar el sistema penal juvenil

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Vergonzosamente, Nueva York es uno los dos únicos estados en la nación que procesa a jóvenes de 16 y 17 años como adultos. Bajo nuestras leyes vigentes, cientos de jóvenes se encuentran en cárceles de adultos, donde enfrentan abuso y tienen escasas oportunidades de reconstruir sus vidas. Por eso es que he juntado a defensores […]

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CNY Central: Raising age for juvenile offenders could mean more parental involvement

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

New York is moving toward re-classifying 16 and 17 year olds who commit non-violent crimes, as juvenile offenders.  Raising the age would mean special efforts at keeping them from becoming hardened criminals, and there’s also pressure from the federal government to make the change. Sheriff Allen Riley, from Madison County, has been traveling statewide, part […]

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National Public Radio: In New York, Support Grows For Keeping Teens Out Of Adult Prisons

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

When Charles Nuñez was 17 years old, he was arrested in New York for carrying a handgun that he says he was trying to sell in Harlem. As state law requires, he was prosecuted as an adult and sent to Rikers Island, New York City’s notorious prison, where he says he was quickly targeted by […]

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The Journal News: 2nd chances: Panel puts a face on Raise the Age bill

Friday, March 20th, 2015

WHITE PLAINS – Jermaine McCloud, a 23-year-old Mount Vernon resident, put a face on the Raise the Age campaign at a Friday panel at the White Plains Public Library organized by The Westchester Children’s Association. Raise the Age, which has the support of a host of criminal justice officials, would change New York’s age of criminal […]

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New York Post: Treating kids as kids to help curb crime

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Taxpayers are entitled to a justice system that keeps us safe, compels criminals to take responsibility and uses public resources efficiently. Often, we get none of the above. Many “tough on crime” measures fail to protect us, instead increasing crime. Among the most destructive are policies that treat young people as adults in our criminal […]

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Westchester Journal News: ‘Raise The Age’ brightens futures

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Scores of criminal justice officials throw their support behind the “Raise The Age” campaign, which would change New York’s age of criminal responsibility to 18. The state is one of just two in the nation that automatically prosecutes 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. It’s more than just mercy that motivates the change. Moving youngsters to […]

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Long Island Herald Editorial: Support the effort to ‘raise the age’

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Sixteen- and 17-year-old New Yorkers who commit crimes are charged as adults. It’s a fact that many people are unaware of — New York and North Carolina are the only states that automatically process, prosecute and incarcerate 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults, with no room for so-called juvenile jurisdiction. In 40 states, those younger […]

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East Meadow Herald: Cuomo pushes to ‘Raise the Age’

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

New York is one of two states in the country that automatically processes, prosecutes and incarcerates 16- and 17-year olds — regardless of the offense — as adults, a measure that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, backed by a large number of advocacy groups, is pushing to change. Advocacy groups cite the undeveloped brains, high suicide rates […]

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Times Union Opinion: Reform juvenile justice system for the good of our youth

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

These days, it seems like everyone’s talking about criminal justice reform — but getting “smart on crime” doesn’t have a partisan divide. From religious leaders to progressives to law enforcement officials to conservative politicians like Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich, leaders across the political spectrum have come to recognize that criminal justice reform, particularly for juveniles, is badly […]

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TWC News: Should 16-Year-Olds Be Treated as Adults for Misdemeanor Crimes?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

At what age do you become an adult? In New York state, you can be arrested at the age of 7 and the criminal justice system charges you as an adult at 16. As Time Warner Cable News reports Katie Gibas reports, community activists rallied in Buffalo Tuesday to raise the age of criminal responsibility.  […]

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Legislative Gazette: Law enforcement are backing ‘raise the age’ initiative

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The fight to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York and protect youth from ruining their lives with one mistake continues as support from advocates for the governor’s proposal grows stronger. “It’s not right. It’s not fair. We must raise the age,” said Dennis R. Hawkins, executive director of the Fund for Modern […]

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Auburn Citizen: Advocates, law enforcement officials supporting Cuomo’s ‘Raise the Age’ campaign star in new video

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old is getting support from advocates and law enforcement officials. A new video unveiled by Cuomo’s office Wednesday features eight individuals, including Anjelique, who was incarcerated when she was 17 years old. Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, Albany Police Chief Steve Krokoff […]

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The Journal News: View: Raise The Age, save kids’ futures

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Westchester D.A. says New York needs to rethink the way it deals with young offenders. New York has an historic opportunity to reform our criminal justice system’s approach to young offenders in ways that will make our communities safer and provide positive direction for these young people. These proposals would raise the State’s age of […]

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NY State of Politics: Philanthropic Groups Sign On To Raise The Age Campaign

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A coalition of philanthropic organizations on Friday released a letter to legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urging them to adopt proposed changes to the state’s juvenile justice system. At the heart of the push is an effort backed by Cuomo to raise the age of criminal responsibility to be in line with nearly every […]

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Syracuse Post-Standard: Raising the age for prosecuting juveniles as adults is smart and what’s best for New York

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

To the Editor: Regretfully, New York continues to be one of only two states in the United States that automatically prosecutes 16 and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. As law enforcement professionals, we’re concerned that a desire to seem “tough” on crime actually makes us less safe. Thankfully, New York is on […]

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City Limits: Cuomo Commission Offers Smart Way to Fight Youth Crime

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

In my work for a foundation committed to reducing juvenile crime and improving public safety, I’ve seen advances in New York State that have made our communities safer and our justice system more just. We’ve funded nonprofit groups that improved educational services for teenagers in detention and correctional facilities, so that these teens would have […]

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Amsterdam News: A Better Way to Handle Juvenile Crime

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Growing up in the Bronx, I saw some of my neighborhood peers get caught up in the criminal justice system. It never made sense to me that young people would be sent to jail with adult prisoners. Recently, I found out that New York is one of only two states where 16- and 17-year-olds are […]

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Times Herald Record – Letter: Raise the age for prosecutions

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

New York is one of only two states that still prosecutes all youth older than 16, but it’s about time to raise the age. Connecticut, one of the most recent states to raise the age of criminal responsibility above 16, has seen a rapid drop in recidivism rates. Not only has recidivism dropped, between 2011 […]

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The Bronx Chronicle: Cuomo Awarded for “Raise the Age” Reform

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week received the Families Together 2015 Exceptional Leadership Award for his administration’s work on Raise the Age criminal justice reform. The Award was presented at a Legislative Awareness Day and Luncheon where family members and advocates urged state leaders to pass the Governor’s Raise the Age proposal that aims to […]

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Associated Press: NY considers treating charged 16, 17-year-olds as juveniles

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

ALBANY — Jim Saint Germaine was mixed up with drugs and just shy of 16 when he was arrested and sent to a juvenile facility. Things might have been different had he been a year older and tried as an adult. Saint Germaine, 25, brought his story to the state Capitol Tuesday in an effort to […]

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The Legislative Gazette: Group wants to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Advocates for raising the age of criminal responsibility spoke out in Albany Tuesday to push for reforms they say would improve the chances of success for New York’s youth. At a press conference in the legislative Office Building, Dr. Megan Kurlychek from SUNY Albany School of Criminal Justice, shared results from an experiment with the […]

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Capital New York: Advocates push to raise age of criminal responsibility

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

ALBANY—Advocates for raising the age of criminal responsibility made their pitch in Albany on Tuesday, lauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to stop prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. “In Albany, the word reform, you hear it in a bunch of different topics and you haven’t heard it with juvenile justice in many years,” said Albany […]

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Time Warner Cable News: Sheriffs Urge Juvenile Justice Reform

Friday, February 27th, 2015

A group of Republican and Democratic sheriffs from around the state on Friday urged state leaders to adopt a package of reforms to the juvenile justice system. In letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to adopt the proposed changes, which include at the centerpiece a push […]

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Gotham Gazette: With ‘Raise the Age,’ Cuomo Continues Push to Reform Juvenile Justice

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Many of the state’s most prominent law enforcement officials and criminal justice experts have advocated raising the age of adult criminality for some time. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has promoted the move for four years and served on Cuomo’s commission. “New York really does lag behind the nation on this,” Vance told Gotham Gazette […]

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Time Warner Cable News Rochester: Rochester Center For Youth Holds Information Session on Raise the Age Campaign

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Under New York state’s current Juvenile Justice System, any child seven and older can be arrested. If they’re arrested at 16, they’re automatically charged as an adult. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Raise the age campaign is focused on changing that. During an interactive information session on Tuesday, the Rochester Center for Youth provided […]

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Democrat & Chronicle: Proposed juvenile justice reforms discussed

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Over and over, advocates for raising the age of adult criminal responsibility gave examples of how the system fails youths. They heard about how a 16- or 17-year-old can be in adult prison because they didn’t make bail on a misdemeanor for jumping a turnstile in a subway station, and how a parent didn’t know […]

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Democrat & Chronicle: Keep teens out of NY prisons

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

If government intends to imprison 16- and 17-year-olds in the same prison — otherwise known as crime college — as hard-bitten adults, there had better be a good reason. Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes the reasons for such jailings don’t come close to the dark and dangerous reality of teenagers living in close daily contact with […]

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Syracuse.com: Onondaga County D.A. supportive of Cuomo plan to treat more teen offenders as children, expand family courts

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to drastically overhaul the way the state’s criminal justice system treats children has the backing of Onondaga County’s top prosecutor. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said details still need to be worked out, but that overall he supports the proposals embraced by Cuomo days before his annual […]

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Times Union: Cuomo offers another preview

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s effort to hold the attention of the people of New York and its lawmakers continued into its second week on Monday with two more detailed presentations on elements of his “Opportunity Agenda”: reforms to the juvenile justice system and the proposed creation of a commission to decide on salary increases for lawmakers […]

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New York Daily News: Age in which New York teens can be tried as adults ups from 16 to 18 in Cuomo’s new plan

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

ALBANY — The age at which teens can be tried as adults in New York would gradually increase from 16 to 18 under a plan embraced by Gov. Cuomo on Monday. The plan, which was crafted by a Cuomo-appointed panel on juvenile justice reform, would also bar anyone under 18 from being housed in an […]

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New York Post: Juvi-justice panel wants criminal responsibility age raised to 18

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

A juvenile-justice panel is recommending raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18, shifting nonviolent offenses for those under 18 to Family Court, and keeping young people out of adult jails. The recommendations are part of a 200-page report presented to Gov. Cuomo on Monday by his Commission on Youth, […]

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New York Nonprofit Press: Governor’s Commission Submits Recommendations to “Raise the Age”

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Yesterday, the Governor announced the report and unanimous recommendations of the Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice, including the age at which youths are tried and processed for crimes as adults. Created by the Governor in April 2014, the Commission was tasked with formulating an actionable plan to improve New York’s outdated juvenile justice […]

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