• Democratic state lawmakers, community leaders and rights advocates on Thursday renewed a push to raise to 18 the age at which a defendant can be tried as an adult in New York. The law now sets the age of criminal responsibility at 16 — the lowest in the nation. The coalition, which declared its intentions at a news conference, vowed to press legislators in Albany to pass one of several proposed measures when the next session opens in January. To read more click here. Also check out some great pictures from this important and exciting event taken by our very own Penny Fujiko Willgerodt of The Prospect Hill Foundation

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  • The Raise the Age New York campaign now has its own website: To check it out click here
  • Check out this month’s launch of the third Juvenile Justice Academy. The Center is home to 20 students from myriad disciplines who have been researching and writing about the impact of trying children as adults. Their work is focused on the capacity of our state to assist sexually exploited children, to deliver mental health services to youth who come into contact with our justice system, and to keep children in the education system and out of the court system. To read more click here
  • Nine civil rights and children’s groups are asking New Jersey to stop using solitary confinement to punish youth, a practice experts say can be socially and psychologically damaging. New Jersey now allows state and county facilities to isolate a child in his or her cell for up to five days as punishment for a variety of behaviors including talking while in line. To read more click here
  • The first Congressional move on Justice Department spending for FY 2014 includes yet another steep round of cuts to juvenile justice appropriations, and recommends a low appropriation for the federal contribution to the nonprofit National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). For this and other important news about juvenile justice funding at the federal level click here
  • Groundbreaking conference report offers concrete steps to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in America’s criminal justice system. To read the  Criminal Justice in the 21st Century: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System report click here
  •  In the New York Times Magazine this week, John Buntin (who wrote about the LAPD’s crooked history in LA Noir) tells a heart-wrenching story about the LAPD finally learning to work with the people of Watts on reducing Crips/Bloods violence in the neighborhood. The article highlights police practices reminiscent of those proposed by David Kennedy and used in the Boston Miracle- perhaps there are lessons to be learned here in NY in the context of Stop and Frisk. To read the article click here 
  • Stop-and-Frisk Recap: Things Getting Heated at City Hall. To catch up on recent developments click here
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