you know that New York and North Carolina are the only two states in the
country that automatically arrest and prosecute 16 and 17-year-olds as adults?
In this year’s New York State budget, Governor Cuomo allocated $135 million to
fix this outdated policy and implement comprehensive juvenile justice reform
(“Raise the Age” legislation). But this funding will only become available if
Raise the Age legislation is passed before the end of session next week!
Governor Cuomo and the Legislature that we must “Raise the Age” in New York
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Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to you because I want New York to RAISE THE AGE of criminal responsibility! It's time to treat children as children, and stop the pipeline to prison that all too often results in marginalized lives, incarceration and long-term collateral consequences.I am grateful that the New York State Adopted Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 includes funding to Raise the Age. I am urging you to take the next step by passing comprehensive Raise the Age legislation this session. A comprehensive approach is in the best interests of New York's youth, communities and public safety, as well as the State's economy.
Your Constituent and Dedicated Child Advocate,[Your Name]
[City, State ZIP]
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