Regretfully, New York continues to be one of only two states that automatically prosecute 16 and 17 year olds as adults in the criminal justice system. This is not good for our youth or for our communities’ public safety. $135 million has been set aside in the state budget for Raise the Age reforms, but we still need legislation to change the law.
We have a lot of work to do and our youth cannot afford to wait any longer. You can help.
1. Join us on Tuesday, June 2nd for a lobby day in Albany.
This is an opportunity for youth and adults that care about them to speak with state lawmakers about raising the age of adult criminal responsibility in New York.
2. Ask elected officials to pass Raise the Age legislation.
If you can’t join us for the lobby day (and even if you can!), click here to tell your state legislators and the governor to pass comprehensive Raise the Age legislation before it’s too late.
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