Gov. Cuomo signs 'Raise the Age' legislation

April 10, 2017

"Aint No Stopping Him Now! He's on the Move"

Under the legislation, juveniles who are 16 and 17 years old will no longer be prosecuted in adult court or be incarcerated in adult prisons or jails  The agreement will raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 17 in October 2018 and to 18 a year later. The deal directs misdemeanors to family court and creates a special youth court for felonies.

Non-violent offenders could apply to have their criminal records sealed after a ten-year waiting period. The only other state to automatically try 16 and 17 year olds in adult court is North Carolina.



More Great News! New York Adopts Free Tuition

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"In what proponents are calling a historic move, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders announced a deal Saturday that will make tuition free at the City University of New York and State University of New York Systems -- for both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities -- for families with annual incomes up to $125,000. The plan will be phased in over three years, starting this fall with new enrollees from families with incomes up to $100,000.

Thank You Governor Andrew Cuomo



April 10, 2017

After more than a decade of unsuccessful attempts by lawmakers and juvenile justice advocates, Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially signed a bill into law Monday that would prevent all 16- and 17-year-olds from automatically being charged as adults in New York, no matter the crime.

“This was a hard one. This was difficult to do,” Cuomo said at the bill’s signing in Harlem, where surrounded by prosecutors, advocates and lawmakers, including the Rev. Al Sharpton and the brother of Kalief Browder

“We’ve been talking about this for 12 years. Every year everyone would set their hopes high and every year the bill would die.”

The bill ended New York's status as one of only two states that prosecuted all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. North Carolina is the other.

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Raise The Age

On Tuesday, March 8, the Raise the Age Campaign lobby day brought more than one hundred young people and adults from across the state to Albany to speak with state lawmakers about raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York. Leaders, advocates, and members of the Assembly including Assembly Member Bichotte, Assembly Member Blake, […]READ MORE

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