Angelo Pinto, Correctional Association NY
Heather Grady Presides
“Raise the Age” - New York is one of only two states in the country, in company with North Carolina, that prosecutes all 16-17-year-olds charged with a crime in the adult criminal justice system, regardless of the severity of their alleged crime. Additionally, New York treats 13, 14, and 15-year-olds accused of committing certain serious crimes as “juvenile offenders” (J.O.s). J.O.s are prosecuted as adults unless their cases are transferred to Family Court. Each year, over 45,000 16- and 17-year-olds are arrested as adults in New York State. Because they are defined by the law as adults, these youth can be questioned by police without parental notification and confined alongside adults in prisons and jails. Raising the age would increase public safety, limit dangers to youth, and provide healthier opportunities for our young people to grow and develop.
Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead (212-874-5210 x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.