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The Daily Beast | 09.15.2016

The Voices Drove Him to Prison, the Prison Drove Him to Suicide

Fishkill is supposed to take care of mentally ill people like Ben, who was locked up as a schizophrenic teen. It turned out to be a death sentence. Benjamin Van Zandt’s hellish odyssey through New York’s criminal justice system began when the voices inside his head compelled him to light a neighbor’s house on fire.Read More

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WBAI | 08.11.2016

AUDIO: Rally to End Solitary Confinement

Rally to End Solitary in Harlem. Photo NYC Quaker Outside the New State Office Building in Harlem on a hot summer day, prison reform advocates stand with NYC Quakers. They oppose solitary confinement and demand an end to the inhumane treatment of inmates. Right now about 5000 inmates in NY are in the shu.Read More

mo4ch.com | 07.22.2016

Mayor’s plan would move teenagers out of New York’s Rikers jail

Teenagers will no longer be kept in New York’s notorious Rikers prison and will be transferred to a dedicated jail for teenagers in the Bronx. The plan would take four years to complete but inmate advocates see it as a “necessary first step.” “When you are a teenager in trouble with the law, it’s not too late to get on the right path – and we need to provide the right environment to help that happen,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement on Thursday, reported the New York Daily News.Read More

WHCR 90.3 FM | 06.20.2016

[AUDIO] The Dreamer And Doer Series Featuring Angelo Pinto

Each month, Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio presents “The Dreamer and Doer Series,” which spotlights inspirational Millennials who are using their talents and influence to better their community and the world. On Sunday, June 19, 2016, we spoke to Angelo Pinto, the Campaign Manager for the Raise the Age Campaign at The Correctional Associations of New York and a founding member of Justice League NYC.Read More

Times Union | 06.07.2016

‘Raise the Age’ advocates plan ‘sleep-in’

Albany With the legislative session winding down, advocates for raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York won’t rest — though they might doze off at times. Supporters of legislation that would change the age from 16 to 18 say they will remain at the State Capitol until the end of the legislative session on June 16 as part of an extended “sleep-in.” They planned to spend part of Monday night in the public spaces on the Empire State Plaza concourse before moving outside.Read More

Refinery 29 | 05.13.2016

The Mothers Who Lost Their Children To Prisons

“I just want to start from, I guess, what happened at the end,” Alicia Barraza said softly into the microphone. “On October 30 of 2014, we lost our 21-year-old son when he took his own life at Fishkill Correctional Facility.”Standing at thepodium of a press conference at the state capital in Albany, NY, just two days after Mother’s Day, Barraza said that she believed New York’s practice of charging teenagers as adults helped lead to her son’s death.Read More

WNYT News Ch. 13 Albany, NY | 05.11.2016

VIDEO:Moms rally to ‘Raise the Age’ of adult prosecution

ALBANY – New York and North Carolina are the only two states where 16 year olds can be tried as adults. A group of moms want to change that. The moms rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday as part of the “Raise the Age” campaign. They say studies show teens prosecuted as kids are more likely to stay out of trouble as adults, while those prosecuted as adults are more likely to commit new crimes.Read More

CBS News Ch. 6 Albany | 05.11.2016

VIDEO: Mothers asking lawmakers to “Raise the Age”

ALBANY–A group of mothers from across the Empire State met in Albany Tuesday, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other lawmakers to raise the age at which children can be tried as an adult. They argue it’s a matter of protecting children. “We protect them in so many other ways, with respect to when we allow them to drive, when we allow them to swim by themselves in a public swimming pool, when we allow them to smoke cigarettes, when we allow them to vote, when we allow them to be drafted or go fight in a war, but the one place we don’t protect them is when it comes to the criminal justice system,” said Soffiyah Elijah.Read More

Newsday | 02.01.2016

Nassau Dems urge state to raise age for prosecution as adults

Democratic Nassau County legislators Monday called on state lawmakers to raise to 18 the age for nonviolent offenders to be prosecuted and incarcerated as adults. At a news conference in Mineola, Legis. Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) said juvenile offenders have a better chance of being rehabilitated and avoiding recidivism if they are incarcerated at youth jails.Read More

LI Herald | 02.01.2016

Legislator wants state to ‘raise the age’

Flanked by fellow Democratic lawmakers and representatives of Long Island nonprofit groups on Monday, Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran, of Baldwin, called on the State Legislature to pass a measure that would “raise the age” of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. New York is one of only two states in which 16- and 17-year-olds are prosecuted as adults for non-violent offenses and housed with adults in jails and prisons.Read More