raise_ageIn January, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a Commission on Youth, Public Safety, and Justice tasked with creating a blueprint to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York.

The Raise the Age–NY campaign and its supporters have worked to increase public awareness of the need to implement a comprehensive approach to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York State. Currently New York is one of only two states in the nation to automatically charge all 16 and 17 year olds in the adult criminal justice system regardless of the offense for which they are charged. New York also charges youth 13-15 in the adult criminal justice system for some offenses and youth as young as seven can be arrested and charged in the juvenile justice system. Treating youth in the adult criminal justice system is harmful to youth, harmful to public safety, and harmful to communities.

We applaud the Governor for establishing the Commission on Youth, Public Safety, and Justice and thank you for your support. While the announcement of the Commission is a tremendous step for youth in New York, it’s important that support for raising the age remain high until all youth are treated in an age appropriate way by New York’s legal system. Here are some ways you can show your support:

Sign on to a letter to the Commission on Youth, Public Safety, and Justice, letting them know that all youth deserve to be treated as youth in New York’s legal system. Contact Mike Rabinowitz at Rabinowitz@berlinrosen.com

Upcoming Events

  • Families Together in New York State (FTNYS) is excited to announce a special screening of the documentary KIDS FOR CASH. Please join us September 30, 2014 6:30 PM at the Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY. FTNYS is hosting the screening at the state-of-the-art GE Theater in Schenectady NY. This screening of KIDS FOR CASH will highlight the lost opportunities of a tough-on-crime culture and the negative effects that this practice has on the future of our youth, public safety, and tax dollars. In so doing, we hope to advance a “smart on crime” attitude toward youth involved in the criminal justice system that highlights the need for interventions, alternatives to incarceration, less reliance on detention, and an overall rehabilitative approach to sentencing and corrections. Stay after the film for a Q&A with our expert panel including Joe Mancini – Director of Probation for Schenectady County, Meghan Kurlycheck, Ph.D. – Associate Professor at Albany School of Criminal Justice, and Robert G. Schwartz – Executive Director of Juvenile Law Center. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE and please share the link on Facebook and Twitter! http://gathr.us/screening/8349. For more information, contact Brad Hansen by email at bhansen@ftnys.org or call 518.432.0333 x28
  • What’s Age Got to Do With It? Incarcerating Children and the Elderly Around the country, the ills of the criminal justice system are coming to light—including policies that target and marginalize both our young people and our elders. Join formerly incarcerated people, prison justice advocates and cultural workers for a lively discussion of the youth and elder incarceration epidemic. Representatives of the Correctional Association’s Raise the Age and Release of Aging People in Prison Campaigns will engage in a dynamic dialogue, including with the audience, about how we are addressing these problems—and making both change and art. The event will conclude with special performances by Saigon from the TV show Love & Hip Hop and spoken word artist Messiah, who also works with youth on Rikers Island. Confirmed Participants: Tanesha Ingram, Moderator; Saigon; Messiah; Mujahid Farid; Gloria Rubero; and Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco. For more information, please contact Annette Warren-Dickerson at adickerson@correctionalassociation.org.

For more information on Raise the Age-NY visit www.raisetheageny.com, like Raise the Age – NY on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @raisetheageny.