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Fearing federal cuts, Cuomo wants ‘cautious’ budget

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“Albany To hear him tell it, making deals with the state Legislature on top policy items appears to be the easy part for Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the state budget deadline approaches. Trying to forecast what’s coming next from the Republican Congress and the White House? That’s a different story. On Tuesday — three days before […]

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Gallivan: Raise the age budget talks proceeding well

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“One of the key Republicans involved in raise the age talks said Wednesday he believes the budget is still on track despite reports of ongoing tension in what has become one of this year’s biggest battles. Sen. Pat Gallivan, who chairs the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, said discussions are “in a really good […]

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Rally at New York Capitol Calls for Raise in Age When Teens Criminally Charged as Adults

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“ALBANY, N.Y. — Hundreds of New Yorkers rallied at the state capitol on Tuesday to call for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised from 16 to 18. New York and North Carolina are reportedly the only two states in the nation that allow for 16-year-olds to be charged as adults, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is […]

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Editorial: A budget that does justice

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

  Photo illustration by Jeff Boyer / Times Union “Our opinion: When a person languishes in jail for three years without trial, something is gravely wrong with our criminal justice system. That’s among the issues New York’s leaders need to address as budget talks come to a head. When it comes to injustice in New […]

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Legislative responsibility: Treat kids as kids, not criminals

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“Never underestimate the capacity of the New York State Legislature to make hash of a straightforward reform proposal, and potentially scramble the entire state budget in the process. A simple fix to New York criminal law, supported by Gov. Cuomo in this year’s budget, is long overdue: Bring New York in line with 48 other […]

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Another Voice: Raise the Age for Offenders

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

“We write as presidents and leaders of multifaith organizations and allies from all across Western and Central New York. Together we represent over 100 local congregations and nearly three dozen social justice coalitions. We come from many different faith traditions: Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Quaker, Unitarian. We are African-American, Latino, Anglo and from every corner […]

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No agreement yet on Raise the Age for NYS

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

“New York State lawmakers are trying to agree on a proposal known as Raise the Age by week’s end, along with the state budget. Democrats want 16- and 17-year-olds treated as juveniles, not adults, in the state’s court and prison systems. However, some Republicans say some crimes are too violent for family court and juvenile […]

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Cuomo Sunny on Budget. GOP, Not so Much.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo admires nice cars. And Cuomo admires former New York Gov. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. So he could hardly resist visiting FDR’s 1932 Packard Phaeton, before New York State Museum staff sent the car out for repair, so it can once again grace the roadways of the Empire State. “We’ll be using it mostly […]

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Flanagan, Klein hopeful for raise the age budget agreement

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

ALBANY — The Senate’s top Republican said Tuesday that reaching an agreement on raising the age of criminal responsibility will make it easier to reach consensus on other key budget issues. “Raise the age is not the only issue in the budget,” Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said after speaking at a rally for direct […]

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Cuomo: Tentative budget deals on water, “raising the age,” tuition

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

“ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that he has a tentative deal with legislative leaders on clean water projects and youthful offenders, while warning that federal spending cuts still could blow up state budget planning. Cuomo, a Democrat, said he and leaders agreed to devote billions of dollars to clean water projects including […]

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Children’s Agenda, the Center for Youth and more: Guest essay on Raise the Age

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

“New York remains one of only 2 states in the nation treating 16 and 17 year-olds as something they are not — adults— in our criminal justice system.  This archaic approach increases the likelihood of more crime, more severe crime, and seriously damages the education, employment and long-term life prospects of our youth, particularly the […]

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Advocates Continuing Push to Raise the age of Criminal Responsibility in New York

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

“Albany, N.Y. – Close to 1,000 social workers and students gathered in Albany to argue all 16 and 17-year old needs to be treated as children and not adults. Standing between Washington Ave and State Street hundreds stood in front of the Capitol telling lawmakers it is time to raise the age of criminal responsibility. […]

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Hundreds rally to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

“ALBANY – There are four days left before the state budget is due, with lots of work to get done. The good news, progress is being reported. The governor says he has struck more than conceptual deals with Senate and Assembly leadership on water infrastructure spending, college affordability, raising the age of criminal responsibility and […]

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Hundreds gather for ‘raise the age’ criminal justice rally in Albany

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

“ALBANY – Hundreds of people rallied Tuesday in Albany to call on the state to raise the age to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system from 16 to 18. New York and North Carolina are the only two states in the nation that allow a 16-year-old offender to be tried as an […]

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Advocates continuing push to raise the age of criminal responsibility in NY

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Close to 1,000 social workers and students gathered in Albany to argue all 16 and 17-year old needs to be treated as children and not adults. Standing between Washington Ave and State Street hundreds stood in front of the Capitol telling lawmakers it is time to raise the age of criminal […]

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The Unfinished Business of Juvenile Justice

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Lawmakers in New York, North Carolina, Missouri, and Texas are currently debating proposals that would move 16-or-17-year-olds (or both) out of the adult criminal justice system and into the juvenile court. This development comes after seven states raised their age of jurisdiction over the past decade. In those states, as a result, half the number […]

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Deals On Raise The Age, Ride-Hailing May Come In NY Budget

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders plan to meet all week, but no agreements are finalized yet on a state budget that’s due Friday. Cuomo and the state Legislature have not yet nailed down a budget deal that could include an extension of a tax on millionaires, more tuition aid for middle-class college students and […]

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It’s Time To Raise The Age

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“New York is currently one of only two states — the other being North Carolina — that automatically treats 16 and 17-year olds as adults when they are alleged to have committed a crime. This is not good company to be in. Albany is currently considering “Raise the Age” legislation that would raise the age […]

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Cuomo’s budget proposals remain popular, Siena poll finds

Monday, March 27th, 2017

ALBANY — Several marquee items in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal remain popular, according to a Siena College Research Institute poll conducted last week. As was the case in surveys conducted earlier this year, an extension of the millionaire’s tax and an expansion of ride-hailing apps were backed by more than three-fourths of respondents. The […]

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15 Questions for the Final Week of State Budget Negotiations

Monday, March 27th, 2017

” ……. 10. It appears likely some version of Raise the Age will pass the Legislature this year, but what version will wind up in the budget? With North Carolina, New York is one of just two states that tries 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Cuomo and Assembly Democrats have for […]

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Social Workers to Stage Raise the Age Rally at State Capitol

Monday, March 27th, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 800 social workers and students from across the state are expected to take part in a Raise the Age rally at the state Capitol on Tuesday. They will gather to protest New York criminal law, which treats 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds as adults. New York is one of only two […]

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What we’d like to see in the next New York State budget

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

It’s time for Albany to cook up a state budget, and everything is in the pot. What will get served is unknown and probably won’t appeal to all tastes. The cooking process, as usual, will be unsavory, with much of it occurring out of sight. Looming over budget negotiations is the profound uncertainty of how […]

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‘Raise the Age’ central to N.Y. budget talks

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

ALBANY — The treatment of teenagers in New York’s criminal-justice program has become a central part of state budget negotiations between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top state lawmakers. In closed-door negotiations, Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan have discussed a plan to change state law so 16- and 17-year-olds are […]

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Clergy to Sen. Flanagan: Pass Comprehensive Raise the Age Legislation Now

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Hand-Deliver Letter Supporting Smart-on-Crime Legislation to Enhance Public Safety and Improve Outcomes for Youth Long Island, NY— Several clergy and other Raise the Age supporters from his district will descend on Senator Flanagan’s office today. They came bearing a letter from over 50 clergy urging him to include comprehensive “raise the age” legislation in this […]

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REPORT: Raise The Age Supporters Point To Science

Friday, March 24th, 2017

“From the Morning Memo: Supporters of raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York are pointing to a study released this week that reviewed juvenile brain chemistry, finding that charging younger people as adults likely will lead to recidivism. The report, released by the Scientists Action and Advocacy Network, comes as state lawmakers and […]

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Stop punishing teens as adults

Friday, March 24th, 2017

  “THE BOTTOM LINE NY should join most other states in treating 16- and 17-year-olds as juveniles. With a week left in budget negotiations, New York could finally join the 48 other states that have raised the age at which youths are charged as adults. Only one other state, North Carolina, automatically treats all 16- […]

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Dozens of Long Island Clergy Urge Flanagan, Cuomo, Heastie and Klein to Raise The Age

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Letter Supports Smart-on-Crime Legislation to Enhance Public Safety and Improve Outcomes for Youth  Long Island, NY— Dozens of clergy from across Long Island released a letter today addressed to Senator Flanagan, Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie and IDC Leader Klein calling on them to pass legislation that would raise the age at which youth are […]

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Readers Write: Raise the age of incarceration in New York

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

“Incarceration of adolescents is estimated to cost between $200,000 and $300,000 per youth, per year in New York State. Considering the poor results of our prison system to rehabilitate our youthful offenders, it is no wonder that a majority of states, red and blue in the U.S. have launched new initiatives and passed new bills […]

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NYC Pols Rally To Raise Age For Trying Teens As Adults

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

“As state lawmakers huddle over a plan to raise the age at which someone can be tried as an adult, city pols and public defenders rallied Wednesday to ramp up pressure to get it done. New York is one of the only two states – along with North Carolina – that still try children as young […]

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Pols and public defenders rally at City Hall to raise age for trying teens as adults

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

“As state lawmakers huddle over a plan to raise the age at which someone can be tried as an adult, city pols and public defenders rallied Wednesday to ramp up pressure to get it done. New York is one of the only two states – along with North Carolina – that still try children as […]

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Raise the Age Debate Complicating Budget Process

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

While Governor Andrew Cuomo hopes the state budget process is a drama-free event compared to previous years, a debate over juvenile justice reform could challenge what has been a smooth process. “If we don’t get this done soon, North Carolina will pass us,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, “and New York can say it proudly […]

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Raise the Age advocates are optimistic this year

Monday, March 20th, 2017

n the same day that hundreds of “Raise The Age” supporters rallied at the Capitol in support of bill S.4157/A.4876, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement signaling his support for the measure that would reduce criminal responsibility for those between the ages of 16 and 18 years old, depending on the crimes they commit. Supporters […]

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Some States Are Still Sending Teens to Adult Prisons

Monday, March 20th, 2017

In most states, 18 is the age when you are seen as an adult in the eyes of the law, for better or for worse. Sometimes it’s good, like when you want to get a tattoo and not have your parents sign for it. But breaking the law means you could be arrested and summoned […]

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** The Legal Aid Society, Speaker Mark-Viverito to Host Rally and Press Conference

Monday, March 20th, 2017

   (New York, NY) – The Legal Aid Society and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will join other defender organizations, child welfare advocates and stakeholders on Wednesday March 22, 2017 at City Hall calling on Albany to enact reforms that fully raises the age of criminal responsibility in New York State. New York is one […]

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‘Raise the Age’ Still an Outstanding Issue as State Budget Talks Continue

Monday, March 20th, 2017

“With just two weeks to go before the budget is due, state leaders are closing in on their $150 billion spending plan, but one outstanding issue is raising the age of criminal liability in New York to 18. Zack Fink filed the following report. New York and North Carolina are the only two states in […]

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Why Young People of Color Are Central To ‘Raising The Age’ Debates

Monday, March 20th, 2017

“Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York attended an event at a Manhattan synagogue in which he sharply criticized the city for not closing Rikers Island, the city’s notorious jail. “Kids are literally dying because of the policy we have today,” Cuomo told the assembled crowd. “These are poor people who are members […]

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DA Flynn, local parent weigh-in on ‘Raise the Age’

Monday, March 20th, 2017

“BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Terrol Massey was convicted of second degree murder, conspiracy, and a weapons charge in Amherst back in 2005. He’s now 28, serving 20 years to life in an upstate correctional facility. “My son was age 16 when he first got convicted of a heinous crime,” Nora Massey told News 4. She firmly believes her […]

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Raising the age of being tried as an adult

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

“When people are found guilty of committing a crime, they must be punished. These penalties can come in the way of fines, probation and incarceration. The most important aspect is that the punishment fits the crime. In the case of 16-18 year olds in North Carolina, many times the punishment exceeds the crime by requiring […]

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Agree with Foss on juvenile justice

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

“Sara Foss’ March 9 column, [“It’s time to raise the age,”] supporting legislation to raise New York’s age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 expresses opinions on a familiar subject that warrants prompt attention. I moved to New York from North Carolina where I had been involved in a similar legislative advocacy movement to […]

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How “Raising the Age” Is Transforming Youth Justice

Friday, March 17th, 2017

“Over the past decade, advocates have successfully challenged the boundaries of how states define childhood in the context of criminal law. According to the Campaign for Youth Justice, which supports these reforms, the number of states that automatically prosecute 16- or 17-year-olds in the adult criminal justice system has been cut in half, from 14 […]

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Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre: Assembly Moves to ‘Raise the Age’ in One-House Budget Proposal

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre issued a statement on her vote for the Assembly budget proposal, which raises the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years of age. Long Island, NY – March 16, 2017 – “Our justice system has failed our children. It treats teenagers like adults, and it simply isn’t working. The evidence has […]

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Borough Presidents Boost Raise The Age

Friday, March 17th, 2017

“Borough presidents from Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan on Friday are endorsing the effort to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 in New York, writing to Gov. Andrew Cuomo the measure be included in a final budget agreement.  “The research is clear,” wrote borough presidents Eric Adams, Gale Brewer and Ruben Diaz, Jr. […]

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Political interests in Albany could finally align to ‘Raise the Age’ of criminal responsibility

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

“New York State’s practice of charging all 16- and 17-year olds as adults in the criminal justice system could finally end this year, as both houses of the legislature and the governor are tentatively supporting a change. The Republican-led Senate included a provision to support raising the age of criminal responsibility in its budget proposal […]

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UPDATE: Raise the Age supporters press for action on changing age of criminal responsibility

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

“Jerry Ingram’s life could have unfolded differently than it has. When he was 17, he and his cousin were arrested in front of their Broward County, Florida, apartment and were hit with drug possession and distribution charges, Ingram says. And since there was a school nearby, the charges carried extra weight. Ingram ultimately received a […]

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Then There Were Two: It’s Time to Raise the Age

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

“Kalief Browder was 16 years old when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack, a misdemeanor in New York State. Moreover, he was innocent, but as is often the case with Black youth, that was irrelevant. Kalief was also a child. His brain was not fully developed. And, like all teens, he needed a […]

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#RaiseTheAgeNY Statement: In response to the New York State one-house budget resolutions released

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

In response to the New York State one-house budget resolutions released, the Raise the Age NY Campaign issued the following statement: We thank the Assembly for their continued commitment to passing comprehensive raise the age legislation and for making it a priority in their one-house budget resolution. We are encouraged to see the Senate include […]

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Connections: The “Raise the Age” debate

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The New York State budget is due April 1, and one of the hot topics is “Raise the Age” legislation. New York and North Carolina are the only two states that prosecute 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults. For five years, the issue has divided parties in the state Senate. Those in favor of raising […]

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Juvenile Justice in New York

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

“To the Editor: Re “Crime and the Adolescent Brain” (editorial, March 12): As Manhattan district attorney, I was proud to serve on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice, which reported findings similar to those included in your editorial. The adult criminal justice system is not developmentally appropriate for teenagers. As […]

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If NY Politicians Really Want to Stop Locking Up Teens, Why Won’t They Do It?

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

For five years, “Raise the Age” legislation has been proposed to eliminate New York’s current practice of prosecuting all 16 and 17-year-old juvenile offenders as adult criminals. And for five years, Republicans and a handful of rogue Democrats in the State Senate have blocked it. This year was supposed to be different — on its […]

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Assembly digs in on court jurisdiction in Raise the Age debate

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

“In a Tuesday radio interview, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie did not waver from support of the Assembly’s proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old, maintaing that primary jurisdiction for 16- and 17-year-old offenders should be family court, not a separate adolescent diversion court. “We should not really be looking to come […]

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State Senate Agrees to Include Raising Age of Criminal Liability to 18 in Budget

Monday, March 13th, 2017

“The Republican-controlled State Senate has agreed to include in its one-house budget a provision to raise the age that teens are tried as adults. Zack Fink filed the following report. One-house budget resolutions traditionally establish priorities for both the Senate and Assembly before a final budget is hammered out by the end of the month. […]

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Bill Mahoney of Politico New York discussing the renewed debate over “Raise the Age” legislation,

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Here’s this week’s episode of WMHT’s “New York Now,” the award-winning co-production of WMHT and the Times Union, featuring Matt Ryan’s looks at the controversy over the planned closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility — an outcome that took state and local leaders by surprise. Also this week: Yours truly hits the streets of […]

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Support Raise The Age Legislation

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

NY State Reform Long Overdue Incarceration of adolescents is estimated to cost between $200,000 and $300,000 per youth per year in New York State. Considering the poor results of our prison system to rehabilitate our youthful offenders, it is no wonder that red and blue states alike have launched new initiatives and passed bills to […]

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Sens. Carlucci, Klein Support Raising The Age At Ossining Roundtable

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

“OSSINING, N.Y. —  Sens. David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) recently held a roundtable discussion in Ossining on the push to craft legislation that would raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. The roundtable was keynoted by the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of […]

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State must ease local burden of higher youth criminal age

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

“There’s no doubt that society will benefit in many ways if New York state raises the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 for nonviolence offenses. Statistics and anecdotal evidence support the concept that treating all minors as adults in the criminal justice system is unfair, cruel, costly and potentially harmful to society. Minors […]

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Educators and students help lead the charge in New York’s ‘Raise the Age’ criminal justice campaign

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

“Before Kayla Mowatt headed up to Albany to join advocates in a rally to “Raise the Age” at which young people are tried as adults in New York, she did some research. The eighth-grader at Lower Manhattan Community Middle School talked to her dad, a state corrections officer, about why a teen might be charged […]

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Crime and the Adolescent Brain

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

“When the Supreme Court banned capital punishment for crimes that were committed when a defendant was under the age of 18, it ruled that “standards of decency” had evolved to recognize that a juvenile’s “lack of maturity and an underdeveloped sense of responsibility” distinguished his crimes from those of an adult. The 2005 ruling, in […]

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NY Assembly, Senate majorities to release budget priorities

Friday, March 10th, 2017

“ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Next week, both the Assembly and Senate Majority are set to release what they’d like to see in their own budget proposals. “It’s going to be a part of what we talk about in a very serious way, it’s a double-edged sword,” Senator Jim Tedisco said. Sen. Tedisco says if you […]

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North Carolina ‘raise the age’ bill could leave New York behind

Friday, March 10th, 2017

“ALBANY — Criminal justice reform advocates frequently note that New York and North Carolina are the only two states to charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for non-violent offenses. But North Carolina has begun taking steps to raise the age and lawmakers there introduced a bill Wednesday that has bipartisan sponsors in the state House […]

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Don’t Try New York Children as Adults

Friday, March 10th, 2017

“Ensuring that children in conflict with the law are treated justly and effectively has been a global concern of Human Rights Watch for 20 years. We have advocated against the death penalty for children in Iran, Sudan, and Yemen, and against life without parole sentences for youth under the age of 18 in the United […]

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In Albany, Momentum Continues to Grow for #RaisetheAgeNY

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

On March 7th, more than 250 advocates and young people from across New York State convened in Albany to urge legislators to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old and include it in the New York State budget. New York and North Carolina remain the only two states charging youth […]

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‘Raise the age’ may rise this session

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

“As the state budget deadline draws near, the stars are aligning to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. Sen. Jeff Klein, leader of the increasingly influential Independent Democratic Conference, told The Point that this is one of the IDC’s top priorities. Also, he said, it’s just a first step toward a statewide change […]

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Raise the Age talks in Albany get personal

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

“The state budget is due in 3 1/2 weeks, but the biggest push at the Capitol is for a change that is not a spending item. It’s a measure to treat 16- and 17-year-olds as children, not adults, when they are charged with serious crimes. Many leading legislators say, for them, the issue is personal. […]

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New Report from Justice Policy Institute Highlights Shift in Policy to “Raise The Age” of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new report shows that over the past decade, half of the states that had previously excluded all 16- and/or 17-year-olds from juvenile court based solely on their age absorbed these young people into the youth justice system without significantly increasing taxpayer costs, and the number of youth in the […]

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Locals head to “raise the age” rally

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

“BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – A group of Western New Yorkers are headed to a rally at state capitol, calling for New York to raise the age of criminal responsibility. Right now, New York courts automatically treat everyone 16 and older as an adult. The only other state to do this is North Carolina. According to […]

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States That Raise the Age See Less Recidivism, Cost Savings, JPI Report Says

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

“WASHINGTON — More states are getting rid of laws that automatically bump teenagers from juvenile courts when they reach a certain age, abandoning a model of punishment proven to be expensive, ineffective and not flexible enough to improve outcomes for offenders or society, a new study says. The Justice Policy Institute focused on national trends […]

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Raising The Age: Giving Youthful Offenders A Fighting Chance

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

“BUFFALO, N.Y. — Five shot in 24 hours and 14 homicides since the New Year. Buffalo is on track to have one of the deadliest years on record since 2014. On Tuesday morning, a half a dozen people hopped on a bus to Albany, rallying for a change they believe could help stop the violence. […]

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Gov. Cuomo points to ‘the hell that is Rikers Island’ in push to raise age of young offenders

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

  “ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo Tuesday pointed to “the hell that is Rikers Island” to up pressure on the Legislature to raise the age at which someone can be tried as an adult. “New York should be ashamed to be one of two states in the nation that treat 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for […]

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Push is on to raise the age as budget season heats up

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton of Brooklyn, a member of the Independent Democratic Conference, speaks at a rally in support of raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years old at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (Matthew Hamilton/Times Union)   “Democrats in the state Senate and advocacy groups […]

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Leaders Make Push to ‘Raise the Age’ of Teens Being Prosecuted as Adults

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

“Leaders are making another push to raise the age of teenagers being prosecuted as adults. New York is one of only two states to treat 15- and 16-year-olds as adults for criminal charges. Officials tried to raise the age for criminal liability two years ago, but were shut down by resistance in the Senate. Advocates […]

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Democratic fissures reemerge on raising age of criminal responsibility

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

“ALBANY — Hours after a show of unity in support of raising the age of criminal responsibility, Democrats are back to arguing over who gets to take credit, and who needs to step up. Gov. Andrew Cuomo put out a statement early in the day saying it was “far past time” for New York to […]

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Want to help youth at risk? Raise the Age, WCA leader says

Monday, March 6th, 2017

“New York lawmakers are still struggling to reach consensus on raising the age of criminal responsibility in our state from 16 to 18 years of age. While 28,000 young people’s lives hang in the balance, we wait, seemingly in vain, for true leadership on this vital issue rather than political calculation and gamesmanship. How is […]

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Raise The Age Lobby In Albany Tomorrow

Monday, March 6th, 2017

“New York and North Carolina are the remaining two states to prosecute 16- and 17-year-old criminal offenders as adults, regardless of the level of the offense. The cut-off age for Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin is 17. In recent years Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island raised the […]

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[Oped] Times Union – Right and just to raise the age of criminal responsibility

Monday, March 6th, 2017

“By Melissa Mark-Viverito and Tami Steckler: Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes to finally raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York state, no longer treating all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. This change is long overdue. New York state would be the 49th state to raise the age of criminal responsibility above 16 — in front […]

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End juvenile solitary confinement for good; raise the age (Editorial)

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

“This post has been corrected to reflect the following: The original editorial incorrectly said Onondaga County was moving juveniles incarcerated at the Justice Center Jail to the Hillbrook Detention Facility in response to a federal judge’s order to end solitary confinement of teens at the jail. While the ruling put an end to solitary confinement, […]

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A Memo from Governor Cuomo: “We cannot allow this injustice.”

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

“Fellow New Yorker, New York is one of just two states in the nation that automatically prosecutes 16- and 17-year olds as adults, no matter the offense. But the adult criminal justice system is no place for young people. Without age appropriate facilities, they face greater risk of assault, sexual violence and higher rates of […]

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Van Jones, Andrew Cuomo: Reform needed for justice system that’s failing most vulnerable

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

“Despite overwhelming dangers, N.Y., N.C. continue to incarcerate older teens as adults Our nation’s prison system faces a systemic, fundamental problem that must be addressed. Over the past 40 years, the prison population in the United States has increased 500%, with 2.2 million people currently incarcerated. Together, we have the responsibility and opportunity to reverse that […]

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Reflecting During a Day of Empathy and the Fight to Raise the Age

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

  “With a little empathy, we can put an end to the vicious cycle created by the prison industrial complex, and give children justice instead of juries I have never stepped foot inside a jail cell, but the prison industrial complex has had a monumental impact on my life. Because I’m a black man in […]

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Jail is not for kids: raise the age for crime responsibility

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

“New York State gets one big thing right: It has one of the nation’s lowest crime rates and locks up a relatively small percentage of its population. With a glaring and outrageous exception that must finally be corrected: Children as young as 16 still get dragged through the punishing adult justice system, even when their […]

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So You Wanna Raise The Age. A QUIZ.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

How much do you know about the age of criminal responsibility in New York? Take this quiz to find out and learn about a concert coming up to support the cause.   Original Link (Buzfeed Community): http://bzfd.it/2m4m8f9 

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Kalief Browder’s Life Was Stolen By The Prison System. His Sister Remembers The Boy She Lost.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Before the premiere of TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, Nicole Browder opens up about the injustices her family endured.   “In 2010, then-16-year-old Kalief Browder was stopped by police on the way home from a party in the Belmont section of the Bronx. Accused of stealing a backpack, Browder ended up at Rikers Island, consequently […]

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New York, North Carolina: When should teen be tried as adult

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

“ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Luis Padilla remembers the terror he felt as a 16-year-old arrested on a robbery charge and locked up with adults in New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail. At one point, he pretended to be suicidal so he could be placed in the relative safety of a locked observation cell. “Even […]

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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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Raise the Age could fall to political calculations: Editorial

Friday, February 24th, 2017

“Leaders must come up with an agreement because the status quo is unfair, inequitable and unsustainable. All the key players are touting their support for raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York. The governor, the Assembly and even the various Senate leaders say they support trying to help, instead of punish, those who […]

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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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