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IN BRIEF: Why it’s time to raise the age in New York

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Since the late 19th century, New York State has treated 16- and 17-year-olds in the justice system as adults. Over fifty years ago, as New York State’s legislators created the Family Court, they discussed whether to raise the age at which young people could be tried as adults. Unable to reach consensus, the lawmakers of that era left the age of criminal responsibility at 16.Read More

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Raise the Age Campaign Brochure

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NYS Joint Legislative Budget Hearing – Human Services: February 5, 2013

Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco, director of the Correctional Association's Juvenile Justice Project, testified before the New York State Legislature on the Governor’s proposed budget for 2013-2014.Read More

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Why are New York’s youth being locked up like adults?

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New York is one of just two states in the country that treats 16-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Read More

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