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

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 Luis Padilla, a youth who was prosecuted as an adult and served time in an adult facility.

This video, produced by the Correctional Association of New York (CA), a member of the Raise the Age New York campaign, is designed to urge New York state legislators to pass comprehensive legislation to this session to raise the age of criminal responsibility and end the treatment of children as adults in the criminal justice system.

Currently, New York is one of only two states in the country that prosecutes all 16- and 17- year-olds as adults, with zero exceptions. Children in adult jails and prisons face very high rates of sexual assault and rape and physical assaults, and are 36 percent more likely to commit suicide than children in youth facilities.

For more on this video and related work, visit the Correctional Association’s site.