of New York adolescents are processed in the adult criminal justice system,
subject to adult jails and prisons, and saddled with criminal records that
impact the rest of their lives. Treating young people in the adult criminal justice
system increases their likelihood of being abused, and increases the likelihood
that they will commit more crimes and return to the criminal justice system in
New York is
one of two states that automatically treats all 16 and 17 year olds as adults
in the criminal justice system. New York State’s Adopted FY2015-16 Budget has
taken a big step toward ending New York's Cradle to Prison Pipeline by
including funding to Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York.
However, the funding will only become available if Raise the Age legislation is
passed before the end of session in June.
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Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility This Session!
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.
Your Constituent and Dedicated Child Advocate,[Your Name]
[City, State ZIP]
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