A week in the life of a gay youth in jail
The following is an excerpt from the journal one young man kept to document the harassment he experienced while incarcerated. Sadly, such fear, intimidation and physical danger is too often a regular part of life for LGBT youth in custody.
April 8: The sexual harassment starts again. The staff does things to get the
kids to retaliate against me. Everybody is…verbally assaulting me.
April 9: More harassment today. One staff called me a “stupid faggot.” … I tried to complain, but I got ignored.
April 10: Harassment continues, I complain but they don’t take it serious, I’m afraid it might get out of hand. Boys are trying to touch me and stuff, but staff does nothing. I feel like I live in hell. This evening was filled with violence… I fear for my safety.
April 11: More harassment. A staff stated “I hate gay people.” I got steadily ridiculed [and] verbally abused. I fear them.
April 13: I expressed myself to a counselor but [she] would not do anything. I have told her before. I isolated myself from the kids’ vicious behavior.
CA Applauds Commitment to Raise the Age in Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address, Laments No Mention of Racism, Violence, and Abuse in NYS Prisons
(January 9, 2016) New York, NY: The Correctional Association of New York roundly applauds the continued commitment of Governor Andrew Cuomo to raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York, ending the prosecution and incarceration of 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. It is now up to the members of both parties in the NYS Legislature to do their duty to make this a reality. In spite of the Governor’s assertion that the "nation looks to NY to find a way up," we actually fall behind 48 other states, along with North Carolina, by continuing to treat children as adults in the criminal legal system. New York must Raise the Age of criminal responsibility this legislative session. Read More
In New York State, 16 and 17-year-olds arrested or detained can be sent to adult prisons and jails. Despite multiple studies that show a teenager’s brain functions are not fully developed, our state insists on charging young people like adults, creating a generation of over-incarcerated youth in New York. We sat down to speak with [...]Read More
Reports & Research
What does it mean to really "treat children as children"? Read Gabrielle Prisco's New York Law Review article to find out. Read More