New York moves to Raise the Age

April 14, 2017

This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18-years-old, ensuring that young people in New York who commit non-violent crimes receive the intervention and evidence-based treatment they need.  The legislation was passed as part of the 2018 state budget, and marks a major accomplishment in New York’s efforts to ensure a more fair and equitable justice system.

Adirondack Foundation joined 19 private, public, and community foundations to advocate for this important legislation, a partnership that began two years ago. A March 2017 letter outlines why these funders backed Raise the Age.

"Positive interventions such as counseling, drug treatment, education, and youth development help put our at-risk youth on the right path," said Adirondack Foundation President & CEO Cali Brooks. “Negative interventions, like putting them through the adult criminal justice system, set them up for a challenging future."

"By raising the age of criminal responsibility, this legislation will reduce crime, recidivism and costs to the state, and help us deliver on the New York promise to advance social justice and affirm our core progressive values," Governor Cuomo said. "Providing young people with age-appropriate facilities and rehabilitation will restore hope and promise and help them turn their lives around to build a better future for themselves, their families and for our great state."

To watch the bill signing, click here.

Add new comment