Why are New York’s youth being locked up like adults?

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WARNING: Some images may be disturbing.

New York is one of just two states in the country that treats 16 year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Treating children like hardened criminals is exactly the wrong approach: it scars them both physically and emotionally, making them more likely to commit crimes in the future. It’s time to treat kids like kids in New York State.

This video was produced by Beyond Bars, a project of the Brave New Foundation, in partnership with the Correctional Association of New York, the Center for Community Alternatives, and the Osborne Association.