Raise the Age NY? Juvenile Justice Coalition Explores Options
On Thursday, October 4, the Juvenile Justice Coalition held an open forum, From Connecticut to New York? A Look at Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction, at the Open Society Institute in Manhattan. New York is one of only two states that currently try and sentence 16- and 17-year-olds as adults (the other is North Carolina). Until recently, Connecticut was the third. At the forum, Abby Anderson and Christine Rapillo, leaders in the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance’s “Raise the Age CT” campaign, shared their experiences rallying support for statewide legislation that in 2010 will return 16- and 17-year-old young people convicted of crimes in Connecticut to the juvenile justice system. Mishi Faruqee, Director of the Juvenile Justice Project at the CA, along with New York juvenile justice experts Nancy Ginsberg (Legal Aid Society), Theresa Portelli (Office of Children and Family Services), and Jackie Deane (Juvenile Rights Project/Legal Aid Society), discussed the ramifications of taking up a similar campaign in New York. While all agreed that the age should be raised, the consequences of moving additional youth into New York’s problematic juvenile justice system were among panelists’ concerns. Attendees, including youth organizers from the CA’s Each One, Teach One program, addressed the panel and voiced perspectives and opinions highlighting the urgency of this issue.
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
Prison Monitoring Reports
Attica Correctional Facility, a 2,000-bed maximum security prison in western New York, continues to operate as a symbolic and real epicenter of state violence and abuse of incarcerated persons in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) state prison system 43 years after the 1971 prison uprising and violent suppression by state authorities. The [...]Read More
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