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Tragic stories show need to 'raise the age' of criminal responsibility
April 28, 2015
Formerly incarcerated youth and their family members told their stories to lawmakers and reporters in Albany Tuesday in hopes of raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York.
Formerly incarcerated youth and family members of incarcerated youth recalled the harsh realities faced by 16 and 17-year-olds who are often prosecuted as adults.
The Raise the Age NY campaign and its allies released a letter calling for legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 before the end of the legislative session in June.
One advocate, Alicia Barraza of Bethlehem, shared her son's story, a mentally ill 17-year-old, who was arrested and taken to the police station. Within two hours the police had a written confession from him. Read the entire article HERE.
Advocates urge age change
Goal is to have 16- and 17-year-olds treated like teens in system
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Formerly incarcerated youths and their family members stood with advocates at the Capitol Tuesday to share their firsthand interactions with the criminal justice system and hoping to convince lawmakers to raise the state's age of criminal responsibility before the end of the legislative session in June.
New York remains one of two states to automatically charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Read the entire article HERE.