Instead of providing a fair day in court, criminal proceedings funnel people toward punishment and prison, and often without regard for their rights. The harms of these systems are compounded for young people who are not equipped with mature tools for decision-making and impulse control.
How We’ll Solve It
New York must pass a Youth Justice Agenda in line with the latest neuroscience research on brain development. For our young people in particular, we must Achieve Youth Justice by strengthening and expanding Youthful Offender protections.
Young Adult Status (A.3536)
provides protections for court-involved people who are 25 or younger, as well as expanded eligibility for Youthful Offender (YO) status.
Second Chance (S.282)
allows for redetermination of YO status after five years, for young people who were eligible for YO status but did not receive it.
Raising the Age of Juvenile Delinquency (S.4051/A.4982)
ends the criminal punishment of elementary school-aged children in New York by raising the age of Juvenile Delinquency from 7 to 12 years old.