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

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Annette Warren-Dickerson, Director of Communications

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Angelo Pinto, Campaign Manager, Raise the Age Campaign

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Features youth and lawmakers saying raising the age of criminal responsibility protects and helps youth, saves money, and increases public safety

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.

The two-minute video was created mainly to convince Republicans in the NY State Senate who oppose any change that raising the age is good for kids, communities, and New York State’s pocketbook. When Connecticut increased the age to 18, that state quickly saw $2 million in savings and a drop in crime committed by youth. The video features  NY Congresswoman and former U.S. District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Assemblyman Mike Blake (D-Bronx), Soffiyah Elijah, and Luis Padilla, a youth who was prosecuted as an adult and served time in an adult facility.

Angelo Pinto, manager of the CA’s Raise the Age campaign, who also participated in the video,
said, “Very few believe that the age of criminal responsibility should not be raised and that youth should remain in adult facilities. This video illustrates such support. The challenge we now face is the urgent need for political will and leadership to have legislation passed that we all know is necessary to protect the children and communities of New York State.”

Pinto continued, “It is our sincere hope that this video is able to be used as a tool for legislative change this session. “The video, produced in partnership with Amplify, Inc.,  a public affairs firm specializing in working with social justice advocates  to develop digital content for campaigns and other advocacy efforts, was made possible  by a grant from the van Ameringen Foundation, and is part of the CA’s broader work around youth justice issues.   The CA is also a member of Raise the Age NY, a campaign to that supports raising the age of criminal responsibility for all children in New York to improve outcomes for children and public safety.

About the Correctional Association of New York: Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of New York (CA) is an independent non-profit organization advocating for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society.