Raise the Age in NY -- Now What?

June 22, 2015

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Approximately 50, 000 16- and 17-year-olds in New York state, are arrested and face the possibility of prosecution as adults  in criminal court each year — the vast majority for minor crimes.

After months of incredible advoacy efforts from organizations and supporters, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders were not able to pass Raise the Age legislation, but instead, announced a broad package of agreements on everything from rent regulations to school funding to criminal justice reform. New York is still one of only two states in the country that have failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed – adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t work for public safety.   

Watch local leaders, law enforcement, advocates and young people explain why this matters:


We need legislators to support the proposed legislation which includes a number of critical reforms that will reduce recidivism and ensure that children receive age-appropriate services or incarceration.

Raising the age will not only produce better outcomes for New York’s youth, but has also been proven to better protect public safety with multiple studies showing that youth who receive age-appropriate services are less likely to re-offend. Now we need YOU to help make this a reality.

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Take Action

Take Action

1. Fill out this quick Action Alert to let New York State Legislators know you want them to Raise the Age in this year’s budget (no matter where you live and who represents you, we want this urgency getting to the sponsors).

2. Join the social media campaign! Get updates about this campaign on Facebook and Twitter by following Raise the Age NY. Don't forget to use hashtag #raisetheageNY. Want to know more about this initiative plus get updates on special events happening in preparation for legislative action? Follow these organizations:

Follow these orgs for more information: Direct tweet your NY represenatitives at:
@RaisetheAgeNY @GovernorAndrewCuomo
@CCCNewYork @SenatorDeanSkelos
@ChildrensAgenda @AssemblymanJosephLentol
@CDFNY @AssemblymanCarlHeastie
@CitizenActionNY @SenatorMichaelNozzolio 
@CommunityAlternatives @SenatorJefferyKlein
@CorrectionalAssociation @AssemblywomanDonnaLupardo



Get Involved

Lobby Days and Hill events are taking place all throughout the month of March in New York. If you're a NY resident, here's how you can participate in person or online.

1. Advocate Online

I support #RaiseTheAgeNY to improve outcomes for our youth & improve public safety in our state. Sign, support & RT http://bit.ly/1EkN767   >>Click to tweet <<
New York is one of only two states that have failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed – adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn’t work for public safety.  Gov. Cuomo has shown his support to raise the age of adult sentencing from 16 to 18, and we need to tell our legislators to pass his plan. Please sign and share! http://bit.ly/1EkN767


2. Advocate in Person

Day   Event   Location   Organization     More Information

Tues, March 3

  Families Together in New York State 
Legislative Awareness Day

Convention Center,
Empire State Plaza Albany, NY

  Families Together    


Tues, March 10

  Lobby Day!  

New York State Assembly, Albany, NY
*Buses available from NYC!

  Children's Defense Fund     Check out Storify
summary of what happened
Fri, March 13   Raise the Age Press Conference    Suffolk County, NY   Herstory Writers Workshop     Look at photo highlights
from the event

Mon, March 16
8:30am - 1pm

  A Bold Step for NY's Children  

New York Law School, New York, NY

  Children's Defense Fund     http://bit.ly/18Gi5fs

Fri, March 20

  A Conversation on Raising the Age of
Criminal Responsibility in New York
  White Plains Library - 100 Martine Ave,
White Plains, NY 10601
Children Association

Sat, March 28

  Conversation with Soffiyah Elijah
following screening of film “Evolution of a Criminal”
  MIST - Harlem 46 W 116th,
New York, NY 10026 
  Correctional Association    


Sun, March 29


FLEXN: Judging the Juvenile Justice System
featuring Facing Time Facing Future Voices

  643 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065    Correctional Association     http://bit.ly/1xmninR
Wed, April 8

"Natural Life" Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Youth Incarceration in America (featuring Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco)

  School of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010    Correctional Association     http://bit.ly/1BWSMzA
Tue, June 2
  Raise the Age Advocacy Day   New York State Assembly, Albany, NY
*Buses available from NYC!
  HerStory Writers     Learn more and RSVP at akontos@herstorywriters.org


Resources on Raise the Age NY


Stay up to date on the Raise the Age campaign with the Raise the Age New York page.


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