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Name Withheld

I was 16 when I was arrested for a fight I had with another girl. Because of NY’s law, I was charged as an adult and convicted of a felony. I worked hard to get my GED and Associate’s after, but was denied jobs over and over because of my felony. I was also denied […]

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Ismael Nazario

He hit me from this way, another one hit me from behind…That was after being there for 2 1/2 days.”  – Ismael Nazario, sent to Riker’s Island at 16

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Maurice Hines

I’ve been in prison with 16- and 17-year-old kids. It crushes them.  — Maurice Hines

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