Raise the Age Campaign Responds to Raise the Age Budget Language

Raise the Age New York

January 13, 2016


Albany, NY – In response to the Raise the Age legislation in Governor Cuomo’s budget and its inclusion in his State of the State priorities, a coalition of law enforcement experts, unions, clergy and children’s advocates expressed hope that the final budget would include legislation to protect public safety and ensure youth are treated in an age-appropriate manner. New York remains one of only two states in the country where 16 year-olds are automatically charged as adults, which has been shown to increase the chance of re-offending and reduce public safety. “The Governor’s proposed legislation to raise the age is an important step toward a smart on crime policy that protects our youth and communities,” said Samantha Levine, Acting Executive Director of the Children’s Defense Fund – NY. “We look forward to working with the Legislature as they come to an agreement that allows New York to join 48 other states in charging youth in an age-appropriate manner which has been proven to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.”
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