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

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 ban solitary confinement for youth of 16 and 17 puts a spotlight on what we know to be true: juveniles are not adults and should not be treated like adults in the criminal justice system. While New York City has eliminated the use of solitary confinement for youth, New York State is still one of only two states that automatically charges 16 and 17 year olds as adults regardless of the alleged crime. It is critical that the State Legislature pass legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility.”