New York is one of only two states in the country—in company with North Carolina—that automatically prosecutes all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. New York also prosecutes 13-, 14- and 15-year-olds charged with certain serious offenses as adults. These young people are subject to lifelong criminal records and drastic consequences including denial of educational loans, barriers to employment, deportation, and loss of housing for both themselves and their families. Children prosecuted as adults have been shown to return to prison at higher rates than those prosecuted in juvenile courts.
CA in the Press | March 13, 2013

Juvenile Justice Is Taking a Positive Trajectory – Will it Be Hurt by Harsh Gun Laws?

Pinto and the Correctional Association are one of the groups at the forefront of a "raise the age" bill in New York State, which would mandate that 16- and 17-year-olds would be tried in juvenile courts, regardless of their crime.Read More


News | February 20, 2013

Raise the Age NYC Town Hall Event: February 23, 2013

RSVP for this free NYC community event. Read More

CA in the Press | February 15, 2013

Correctional Association, Now a Producer of a Lament Against the Police

It’s not every day that you see the Correctional Association of New York listed among the producers of an Off Off Broadway show, much less a truly polished, meaningful and entertaining one. But there it is on the program of “Lyrics From Lockdown,” right below the National Black Theater and right above the father-and-daughter team Harry and Gina Belafonte. Read More


News | January 31, 2013

Join us for Lyrics From Lockdown & the Raise the Age Community Conversation Series

The Correctional Association will host a series of weekend events throughout February to raise awareness of the harms of charging children in the justice system as adults. Read More

News | October 18, 2012

Panel on Solitary Confinement and Youth in Adult Prisons

Jack Beck will join expert panelists in the field of criminal justice to discuss the use of solitary confinement for youth in adult prisons in New York.Read More


News | October 18, 2012

The Intersection of Mental Health and Juvenile Justice for NYC Youth

Gabrielle Prisco will co-lead a break-out session on the age of criminal responsibility in New York State, including recent advocacy and legislative efforts to change New York State laws. Read More


CA in the Press | October 7, 2012

New York to Try Again to ‘Raise the Age’

New York state 16- and 17-year-olds go to adult court, a practice nearly unique to the state. But that may change, as the New York legislature is expected to take another look at proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility.Read More


News | September 27, 2012

Prosecuting children as adults might make some people feel better – but it’s not making New York any safer


It’s time to stop putting children behind bars and start funding programs that work.Read More


News | September 20, 2012

Lyrics From Lockdown special sneak preview – September 29

Lyrics From Lockdown Sept 29th

The Correctional Association is proud to partner with Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre to present an extended run of the award-winning "Lyrics From Lockdown."Read More


CA in the Press | June 1, 2012

Juvenile Justice System Excludes Many Youthful Wrongdoers

The most significant difference between the court structures, after age, is that criminal court tends to focus more on guilt and punishment, while Family Court aims instead to rehabilitate young people by providing programs, education and support, which can include placement in youth facilities.Read More