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News | June 6, 2016


New York, NY (June 6, 2016): Today, advocates from across New York State will begin an extended sleep-in at the State Capitol, timed to coincide with the waning days of the legislative session, in order to push elected officials to pass legislation this year raising the age of criminal responsibility. New York remains one of only two states, along with North Carolina, to continue prosecuting 16-and 17-year-olds as adults. Juveniles in adult facilities are more likely to suffer sexual, mental and physical abuse, are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than those held in juvenile facilities, and have a higher rate of re-arrest and recidivism. Read More

News | June 6, 2016

Faith Leaders from Across New York Urge Cuomo, Flanagan and Heastie to Raise the Age this Session

Albany, NY- (June 6, 2016): Clergy from across New York State released a letter today addressed to Governor Cuomo, Senator Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Heastie calling on them to pass legislation that would raise the age at which youth are charged as adults in New York.Read More

CA in the Press | May 13, 2016

The Mothers Who Lost Their Children To Prisons

“I just want to start from, I guess, what happened at the end,” Alicia Barraza said softly into the microphone. “On October 30 of 2014, we lost our 21-year-old son when he took his own life at Fishkill Correctional Facility.”Standing at thepodium of a press conference at the state capital in Albany, NY, just two days after Mother’s Day, Barraza said that she believed New York’s practice of charging teenagers as adults helped lead to her son’s death.Read More

News | May 12, 2016

CA Launches New Video Urging NYS Lawmakers to “Get Smart on Crime” and Raise the Age

New York, NY (May 12, 2016) Today, the Correctional Association of New York (CA) released a new online video aimed at getting legislation passed this session to raise the age of criminal responsibility and end the treatment of children as adults in the criminal justice system. Currently, New York is one of only two states in the country that prosecutes all 16- and 17- year-olds as adults, with zero exceptions. Children in adult jails and prisons face very high rates of sexual assault and rape and physical assaults, and are 36 percent more likely to commit suicide than children in youth facilities.Read More

CA in the Press | May 11, 2016

VIDEO: Mothers asking lawmakers to “Raise the Age”

ALBANY–A group of mothers from across the Empire State met in Albany Tuesday, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other lawmakers to raise the age at which children can be tried as an adult. They argue it’s a matter of protecting children. “We protect them in so many other ways, with respect to when we allow them to drive, when we allow them to swim by themselves in a public swimming pool, when we allow them to smoke cigarettes, when we allow them to vote, when we allow them to be drafted or go fight in a war, but the one place we don’t protect them is when it comes to the criminal justice system,” said Soffiyah Elijah.Read More

CA in the Press | February 1, 2016

Nassau Dems urge state to raise age for prosecution as adults

Democratic Nassau County legislators Monday called on state lawmakers to raise to 18 the age for nonviolent offenders to be prosecuted and incarcerated as adults. At a news conference in Mineola, Legis. Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) said juvenile offenders have a better chance of being rehabilitated and avoiding recidivism if they are incarcerated at youth jails.Read More

CA in the Press | February 1, 2016

Legislator wants state to ‘raise the age’

Flanked by fellow Democratic lawmakers and representatives of Long Island nonprofit groups on Monday, Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran, of Baldwin, called on the State Legislature to pass a measure that would “raise the age” of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. New York is one of only two states in which 16- and 17-year-olds are prosecuted as adults for non-violent offenses and housed with adults in jails and prisons.Read More

CA in the Press | January 21, 2016

LTE: Raise the Age Of Criminal Responsibility In NY State

“Beaten… to the ground,” Jan. 10, exposes a serious ongoing human and children’s rights crisis: The culture of brutality and violence in New York state prisons. The Correctional Association has consistently found the system is rife with abuses similar to the horror endured by Matthew Thornton at Greene Correctional Facility. Notably, Greene has one of the highest concentrations of young people in any state prison.Read More

News | January 14, 2016

Correctional Association Of New York Responds To 2016 State Of The State Address And Governor’s Criminal Justice Legislative Agenda

(January 14, 2016, New York, NY): Today, the Correctional Association of New York (CA), the oldest criminal justice reform organization in the state, issued the following statement in response to the State of the State Address delivered yesterday by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo: “We are encouraged that the Governor wants to continue to press for a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s youth justice system, including raising the age of criminal responsibility. Currently, New York is one of only two states that continue to prosecute 16- and17-year-olds as adults, exposing them to myriad harms and impeding their chances for a successful future."Read More

News | December 23, 2015

CA Disappointed, Dismayed that Governor’s Removal of 16- And-17-Year-Olds From Adult Prisons Will Keep Youth Under DOCCS Authority

(December 23, 2015, New York, NY): Today, the Correctional Association of New York (CA) released the following statement in response to the announcement yesterday that Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order to remove 16- and 17-year-old youths from adult prisons: The Correctional Association of New York is disappointed that Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order removes sixteen- and seventeen-year-old youth from adult prisons, only to place them in a separate facility under the total supervision of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). Through our unique legislative mandate to monitor the state’s prison system, the CA has consistently found DOCCS staff routinely mistreats and abuses people in their custody and deprives them of the quality mental health, education, and supportive services they need and deserve. Read More