Raise the Age has been in the news a lot lately and it is possible that NYJJI will plan a briefing on this topic in the upcoming year. 

Back in the spring, our NYJJI chair, Penny, asked my predecessor Matthew Goodman, to write an overview on New York State’s age of criminal responsibility.   The attached brief provides history on this issue and where we are today.  To access it click NYJJI Raise the Age Brief

Sen. Murphy Calls For Reform In Nation’s Juvenile Justice System

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., told advocates, clergy and elected officials Monday that he will introduce legislation in Washington this fall to reform the nation’s juvenile justice laws based on the changes already adopted in Connecticut. He tackles issues ranging from Raise the Age to The School to Prison Pipeline to unfair sentencing guidelines. To read more click here

NY DA Supports Review Of Policies Regarding Prosecution Of Juvenile Offenders.  

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice spoke Tuesday at a press conference organized by a coalition calling for the way the state handles 16- and 17-year-old defendants in criminal cases. Rice says she broadly supports the concept of raising the age of eligibility for adult criminal court for certain crimes. To read more about this important new supporter of The Raise the Age Campaign click here

As Prisons Prepare for PREA, Impact on Youthful Inmates May Be Major       

Regarding juvenile offenders, PREA Standard 115.14, also known as the “Youthful Inmate Standard,” is perhaps the most significant aspect of the federal legislation. Under PREA, adult facilities holding inmates under the age of 18 are required to implement policies that guarantee the segregation of minors from older prisoners — a practice commonly referred to as “sight and sound separation.”  To read how this impacts youth in adult facilities, but fails to address youth in juvenile facilities where some adults are held and more click here