Response to Executive Budget: End the Prosecution of Young Children and Expand Protections for Young Adults

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On Tuesday, January 29th youth justice advocates are headed to Albany to address Senate Finance Committee Chair Liz Krueger, Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Helene. E. Weinstein and the rest of the New York State Legislature for a Joint Legislative Hearing.

Julia Davis, Director of Youth Justice and Child Welfare at Children’s Defense Fund New York and Kate Rubin, Director of Policy at Youth Represent are expected to testify in front of the legislature.

The provisions they’re expected to advocate for include:

  •  Strengthening existing protections under the youthful offender law and creating a new “Young Adult Status” covering youth up to age 25
  • Protecting people who were prosecuted at age 16 or 17 before Raise the Age went into effect by allowing them to apply immediately to have public criminal records sealed
  • Ending prosecution of children under 12

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Contact your legislators to #LetKidsGrowNY and keep children younger than 12 out of Family Court and juvenile detention.

Help New York State #LeadTheNationNY by advocating for extensive protections for young adults and a new “Young Adult” status for those age 19-25.

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Click here to download the testimony of Julia Davis, Director of Youth Justice and Child Welfare at Children’s Defense Fund New York

Click here to download the testimony of Kate Rubin, Director of Policy at Youth Represent