City Council Members, Youth, Families, Service Providers, Public Defenders, and Advocates Call on the Mayor to Fulfill the Promise of Raise the Age

Youth, advocates, and providers urge City to reverse plan to staff detention centers with Department of Corrections staff, remove all 16 and 17-year-olds from Rikers Island by October and fully fund Raise the Age and Close to Home

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WHAT: City Council Members, Youth, Families, Service Providers, Public Defenders, and Advocates will urge the Mayor to fully implement Raise the Age legislation that goes into effect this year.

Under Raise the Age legislation passed last year, the City must remove all 16 and 17-year-olds from Rikers Island by October of 2018 and place them in specialized juvenile detention facilities. Elected officials, justice-involved youth and families, and other advocates will be calling on the Mayor to meet this deadline, but to do so with appropriate staff in place to supervise all youth in juvenile detention and maintain the safety of the facilities. Currently, the City’s plan is to use Correction Officers from Rikers Island and other adult jails, employed by the Department of Correction, to supervise 16 and 17-year-olds who have been transferred to specialized juvenile detention. This plan risks transferring the culture of conflict and violence at Rikers into our youth facilities, potentially impacting children as young as 10 years old. The City must recruit, hire and train staff specifically for youth facilities well before the October deadline. 

WHO: City Council Members, Youth, Families, Service Providers, Public Defenders, and Advocates

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18th at Noon

WHERE: Steps of City Hall

Contact:  Kate Rubin, krubin@youthrepresent.org (917) 647-5777

Can’t make it? Follow the conversation online using #RaiseTheAgeNY hashtag and download Social Activation Toolkit here