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WIVB | 12.21.2015

Gov. Cuomo seeking to pardon thousands who committed crimes as teens

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking to pardon thousands of New Yorkers convicted of either misdemeanors or non-violent felonies as teenagers. Cuomo’s office says “approximately 10,000 people will be impacted” and that around 350 people will become eligible for pardoning each year. The pardons will affect people who have not been convicted of a crime in 10 years.Read More

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange | 09.29.2015

Report: NYC Criminal Justice System Needs to Reform How It Treats LGBTQ Youth

The criminal justice system in New York City is ill equipped to deal with the needs of LGBTQ young people who engage in survival sex, according to a new report from the Urban Institute. Youth cycle through the system, an experience that compounds the difficulties that may initially have led them to have survival sex, said Meredith Dank, lead author of the report and a senior research associate at the institute.Read More

The Legislative Gazette | 06.29.2015

‘Raise the Age’ effort fails; youth can still be prosecuted and tried as adults

To the dismay of the Raise the Age NY Campaign and its supporters, lawmakers did not reach an agreement on changing the age of criminal responsibility in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had prioritized raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York to 18, mentioning it in his State of the State Address and it was also a goal of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus in the Legislature.Read More | 04.28.2015

Advocates urge age change

Anjeliique Wadlington, incarcerated as a youth, speaks at Raise The Age NY press conferencePhoto credit: John Carl D’Annibale/Times Union Formerly incarcerated youths and their family members stood with advocates at the Capitol Tuesday to share their firsthand interactions with the criminal justice system and hoping to convince lawmakers to raise the state’s age of criminal responsibility before the end of the legislative session in June.Read More

Women's | 04.13.2015

Girls Fare Better in Open-Door Justice Programs

If a girl in New York State gets arrested by the police and winds up in a juvenile detention facility her horizons quickly close in. Just ask Marsha Weissman, executive director of a group called the Center for Community Alternatives, which has locations in New York City, Syracuse and Rochester. “Our work with adult women .Read More

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North Country Public Radio (NCPR) | 03.20.2015

Support grows for keeping teens out of NY prisons

Support appears to be growing in Albany, N.Y., for legislation that would keep teenagers out of New York’s adult prisons. Governor Andrew Cuomo backed the “Raise the Age” campaign. Now, Assembly speaker Carl Heastie, one of the state’s most powerful Democrats, has signed on, along with a growing number of police and prosecutors.Read More

Legislative Gazette | 03.16.2015

Law enforcement are backing ‘raise the age’ initiative

The fight to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York and protect youth from ruining their lives with one mistake continues as support from advocates for the governor’s proposal grows stronger. “It’s not right. It’s not fair. We must raise the age,” said Dennis R. Hawkins, executive director of the Fund for Modern Courts.Read More

CA Press Release | 01.19.2015

CA applauds Cuomo’s youth commission reform recommendations, hails commitment to youth justice

(New York, NY) January 19, 2015 – The Correctional Association of New York (CA), the state’s oldest criminal justice reform organization, released the following statement in response to the recommendations issued today by the Governor’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice: The CA congratulates and thanks the Commission for its outstanding and courageous hard work.Read More | 11.20.2014

Why We Need to Stop Putting Teenagers Behind Bars

Our juvenile justice system is profoundly flawed. But government officials are finally taking action toward reform. November 11, 2014  –  When Anjelique Wadlington was first arrested for the possession and sale of drugs, she was only 17. During the two years she spent at Riverhead Correctional Facility, she was locked down for 21 hours a day, crowded into the same dormitory as “adults, the mentally ill and the misbehaved.” “Being a child and alone was terrifying,” she said.Read More

The Epoch Times | 08.30.2014

“No one is solely the worst thing they have ever done.”

This week The Epoch Times takes a powerful look at New York’s juvenile corrections system, shedding further light on the harsh and often dehumanizing conditions experienced by many of the state’s incarcerated youth.Read More

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